General Lab Information

Veterans Policy

Disabled Veterans, Recently Separated Veterans, Active Wartime or Campaign Badge Veterans, Armed Forces Service Medal Veterans, and/or Employees with Disabilities

As a federal contractor, the Laboratory is subject to Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and to Section 402 of Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Act (VEVRAA) of 1974, as amended. Therefore, the Laboratory is required to take affirmative action in employment for qualified individuals with disabilities and qualified veterans in the above mentioned categories.

According to the Code of Federal Regulations, an individual with a disability is a person who has a physical or mental impairment, which substantially limits one or more major life activities, has a record of such impairment, or is regarded as having such impairment.

  • A disabled veteran is: (1) 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 laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, or (2) A person was discharged or released from active duty because of a service-connected disability.
  • A recently separated veteran means any veteran during the three-year period beginning on the date of such veteran's discharge or release from active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval or air service.
  • An active duty wartime or campaign badge veteran means 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 - Veteran Guide.
  • An Armed Forces Service Medal Veteran means any veteran who, while serving on active duty in the the U.S. military, ground, naval or air service, participated in a United States military operation for which an Armed Forces service medal was awarded pursuant to Executive Order 12985(61 FR 1209) - Veteran Guide.

If you qualify, we invite you to identify yourself. Submission of this information is voluntary and your decision not to provide such information will not subject you to discharge or to any other disciplinary action. You may submit this information now or at any time in the future. All information obtained shall be kept confidential, with the following exceptions:

  • Supervisors and managers may be informed regarding restrictions on work duties, and reasonable accommodations
  • First aid and safety personnel may be informed if a condition might require emergency treatment
  • Government officials investigating compliance with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 or the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Act of 1974 shall be informed.

It would assist us if you tell us about:

  1. Any special methods, skills and procedures which qualify you for positions that you might not otherwise be able to do because of your disability so that you will be considered for a position of that kind.
  2. The accommodations we could make which would enable you to perform the job properly and safely, including special equipment, changes in the physical layout of the job, elimination of certain duties relating to the job, or other accommodations.

Employees who would like to be considered or who allege that a violation of this Act, under one of the Lab's Affirmative Action programs for persons with a disability, special disabled veterans or "other" veterans, should contact their manager or the Inclusion, Diversity & Equity Manager listed on the homepage of this site.