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Claiming Veteran’s Preference

To claim veteran’s preference for a specific position, appropriate veteran’s documentation must be received by the closing date of the position. This documentation generally includes:

  • If your claim to veterans’ preference is based on active duty service in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign medal has been or is expected to be authorized, your documentation must include proof of such service. If your DD-214, member 4 does not include this proof, and you are expecting receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal, you must submit proof of such having been awarded or fully meeting the requirements for its award. Separate orders, or a letter from your commander stating such, are acceptable.
  • If claiming disability status, you are required to submit a letter from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs that documents any claimed current disability rating and percentage of applicable disability. This letter is valid only if dated 1991 or later. It is the veterans' responsibility to ensure that the VA letter is dated within the time frame required.

Requests for extension

In rare cases, if the required veterans' documentation cannot be submitted by the closing date of the position (e.g., it is not yet issued due to recent military discharge), a Request for Extension form (TVA Form 17900) may be filed and must be received by the closing date of the position on which you are applying. Requests for extension received after the closing date for the position will not be considered.

All requests for extension will be reviewed and approved or denied on a case-by-case basis, based on business needs. Denial of a request for extension will apply only to the specific position for which you are applying. For future applications for positions, if veterans' documentation is received by the closing date of the position, veteran’s preference will be applied as appropriate.

Derived veterans' preference

Only if you are claiming derived veterans' preference, in addition to submitting the required documents outlined above, you must complete the Veteran Status Information form (TVA Form 3595) and submit it by the closing date of the position in order for veterans' preference to be considered for the position on which you are applying. (PDF version of Form 3595, 179 kb)

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Submitting documents

By the closing date of the position on which you are applying, you must email your veteran documents (Form DD-214, member 4 letters from the Department of Veterans Affairs, and Request for Extension and Veteran Status Information forms may be scanned, if applicable) to Be sure to indicate the job number of the position(s) for which you are applying in the subject line of your e-mail or letter so the forms can be applied to the correct position.

Only if you are unable to email your documents, please mail them to: TVA, Deployment & Support, 1101 Market Street, BR 3A, Chattanooga TN, 37402. Documents must be received by the closing date of the position on which you are applying. If you need an extension submitting your documents, please refer to the Request for Extension section in this document.

Keeping documents on file

Once you submit your military documents, they will be kept on file and applied to all future positions on which you apply. You do not need to submit documents more than once.

Please note: If you submitted your veteran documents when you applied for a position before December 27, 2013 and have not applied for a position since that date, your veterans' documents have not been retained. You will need to submit them the next time you apply for a position.

EEO Statement

TVA is an Equal Opportunity employer and complies with all applicable laws and regulations regarding equal employment opportunities. Any applicant or employee who believes s/he has a discrimination claim (including harassment or retaliation) must contact TVA’s Equal Opportunity Compliance office within 45 calendar days of the event or action s/he believes to constitute discrimination, harassment, or retaliation.



Non-U.S. residents should read TVA's Citizenship Policy.


Individuals interested in claiming veterans’ preference should read the Information for Claiming Veterans’ Preference.


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