(b) The purpose of this article is to require all federal and state funded employment and training programs offered within West Virginia to adopt a written policy providing priority of service to veterans of the United States military over other individuals seeking employment and training services.
(a) "Eligible veteran" means a person who:
(1) Served on active duty and was discharged or released from active duty with an honorable discharge or because of a service connected disability;
(2) As a member of a reserve component under an order to active duty, served on active duty during a period of war or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge or ribbon is authorized and was discharged or released from duty with an honorable discharge; or
(3) Served as a member of a National Guard or Reserve component and completed his or her military obligation and received an honorable discharge from the National Guard or Reserve component or was discharged from the National Guard or Reserve component because of a service connected disability.
(b) "Priority of service" means the right to priority in any employment or training program offered citizens of West Virginia which is funded, in whole or in part, through federal or state moneys.
(c) "Reserve component" means any branch of the military, including any military defense forces.
(d) "Training program" means a program that provides training leading to qualification for employment, or improved skills, or both, funded, in whole or in part, through the workforce investment act or another federal or state act administered through the state and having as its primary purpose workforce development.
(e) "Training provider" means any private or public entity which has been certified by competent authority to provide training funded by federal or state funds appropriated in the budget under the jobs training partnership act or another federal or state act having as its primary purpose workforce development.
(A) First priority shall be awarded to service-connected disabled veterans;
(B) Second priority shall be awarded to other eligible veterans;
(C) Third priority shall be awarded to nonveterans.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2016 Regular Session
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