Allen Amendment Would Ensure a ‘Vet is a Vet’ in Civil Service Hiring of Former Military Service Members
Broadens Existing Civil Service Preference to Include All ex-Service Members Who Become Disabled on Active Duty
An amendment to the New Jersey Constitution proposed by Senator Diane Allen that would broaden the preferential consideration for government employment of former members of the military has been approved by the Senate Military and Veterans Affairs Committee.
SCR-48 would place a change to the state constitution’s mandate that veterans of war are given preferential treatment in civil service hiring before voters. The change would extend this preference to any ex-service member who becomes disabled while on active duty, whether in a time of war or not.
“This amendment further codifies the idea that a ‘veteran is a veteran’ and recognizes that tremendous sacrifice is made by our military men and women in times of peace and in times of war,” said Allen (R- Burlington). “The work ethic, training, and education that comes with military service are invaluable and are true assets when put to use in public employment, whether gained in a time of active conflict or not. This will not only make employment opportunities available to more veterans, it will hopefully result in more of the fine men and women who have worn the uniform to put their skills to use in public service.”
The proposal now awaits action by the full Senate.