(a) The Legislature finds that West Virginia veterans
represent a strong and productive part of the workforce of this
state. They are frequently disadvantaged in their pursuit of
civilian employment as a result of military service and delayed
entry into the civilian labor market. It is, therefore, in the
public interest and welfare that veterans continue to be provided
the traditional priority of services in workforce development
programs administered under the provisions of the federal Workforce
Investment Act of 1998.
(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.