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Virginia Commonwealth University recognizes that veterans bring an extraordinary array of skills and training to the workplace. VCU is dedicated to being an employer of choice for veterans, military spouses, and their families. 

VCU is proud to be a Virginia Values Veterans (V3) certified employer. In addition, VCU offers enhanced benefits to veterans. Learn more on our support page for current veteran employees.

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Applying as a Veteran, Surviving Spouse or Child

In accordance with the Code of Virginia (§ 2.2-2903), an applicant with veterans’ preference must be offered the job when his/her qualifications (job-related experience and skills) are “substantially equal” to the best qualified applicant not eligible for veterans’ preference. Veterans’ preference will be afforded to eligible veterans and surviving spouses and children of veterans killed in the line of duty for both faculty and staff positions. Preference will apply for initial employment, subsequent employment, promotions and competitive transfers.

  • "Veteran" means any person who has received an honorable discharge and (i) has provided more than 180 consecutive days of full-time, active-duty service in the armed forces of the United States or reserve components thereof, including the National Guard, or (ii) has a service-connected disability rating fixed by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • "Surviving spouse" means the surviving spouse of a veteran as defined herein who was killed in the line of duty.
  • "Child" means any surviving child or children under the age of 27 years of a veteran as defined herein who was killed in the line of duty.

On each VCU job application, you will be asked if you are a veteran, surviving spouse or child. To be considered for preferential hiring under VA state code, you must select "yes" to the relevant question. You will not be required to provide any documentation of military service as part of the application process.


  • Military to Civilian Career Translator - Use the Veterans Job Matcher to find civilian careers that might be a good match for your military skills. You’ll get information on matching occupations including wages, education, and outlook.
  • Virginia Department of Veterans Services - The Virginia Department of Veterans Services (DVS) connects Virginia’s veterans and their families to federal and state benefits, support, quality care, and recognition they have earned.
  • Virginia Veteran and Family Support - Information and resources across a wide variety of topics including finances, employment, healthcare, and behavioral health services.
  • Veterans Hiring Resources - Information regarding preferential hiring rights for veterans and qualifying family members, information on working for Virginia, and military vs. state compensation chart.