Laws, services, and programs that touch student veterans
A disability does not have to be service-connected to be a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
The choice to not disclose a disability during hiring has no bearing on a veteran’s later right to an accommodation, if hired.
It is true that veterans should think through disclosure and accommodation decisions before applying for a job. But, what’s not true is that these decisions need to be the same for every job application. Because each job and employer is different, disclosure and accommodation choices might be different for each job application.
According to VEVRAA, employers who have federal contracts/subcontracts of $100,000 or more must create benchmarks around hiring veterans with disabilities (and others) and report their progress in meeting these benchmarks.
Veterans collecting disability compensation should and usually do need to work. Most veterans getting disability compensation for a service-connected disability do not receive full compensation. Rather, their compensation level depends on how much the disability is estimated to impact job earnings. Also, with a few exceptions, veterans’ disability compensation income is not affected by employment earnings.