Companies that do business with the federal government employ a big chunk of the U.S. workforce — and if you're a veteran looking to join their ranks, federal law requires that they give you a leg up.
How can you take advantage?
The local One-Stop Career Center should be one of your first stops, according to government and private-sector officials.
Thousands of these Labor Department offices, also called American Job Centers, are scattered across the country, offering information and job openings posted online at www.careeronestop.org.
The Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, updated about a year ago with a new federal rule, requires contractors to set affirmative action plans to hire and promote vets, report to the federal government on their progress and not discriminate against former service members.