Veteran Status

The Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 (VEVRAA), as amended, prohibits discrimination and requires affirmative action in all employment practices for disabled and other protected veterans.

A “disabled veteran” is defined as:

  • A veteran of the U.S. military, ground, naval or air service who is entitled to compensation (or who but for the receipt of military retired pay would be entitled to compensation) under the laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs; OR
  • A veteran who was discharged or released from active duty because of a service-connected disability.

“Other protected veteran” is defined as a veteran who served on active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval, or air service during a war or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized, under the laws administered by the Department of Defense.

UGA’s Student Veterans Resource Center(706) 542-9629, provides support, advocacy, and a convenient respite for student veterans

The University of Georgia’s Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy (“NDAH Policy”) prohibits discrimination – including adverse treatment compared to other similarly-situated persons -- based on veteran status in the educational and employment contexts.  The NDAH Policy also prohibits harassment based on veteran status. As defined by the University’s NDAH Policy, such harassment consists of unwelcome verbal or physical conduct based on veteran status when:

  1. Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with the individual’s work or educational performance;

  2. Such conduct creates or has the intention of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working and/or learning environment; or

  3. Such conduct unreasonably interferes with or limits one’s ability to participate in or benefit from an educational program or activity.

If you have knowledge of or believe you have experienced discrimination or harassment based on veteran status, please contact the Equal Opportunity Office at (706) 542-7912 or

UGA faculty, instructors, administrators, supervisors and all other employees (including student employees) who are in positions of authority must report to the Equal Opportunity Office any complaints they receive or knowledge they possess (whether direct or indirect) of discrimination or harassment based on veteran status.  Failure to make a report is a separate violation of the NDAH Policy.​

Types of Discrimination