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    When a Veteran starts considering whether or not to file a VA Disability Claim, there are a lot of questions that he or she tends to ask. Over the last 10 years, the following are the 14 most common basic questions I am asked about ...
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  • Can a 100 percent Disabled Veteran Work and Earn an Income?

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    You’ve just been rated 100% disabled by the Veterans Affairs. After the excitement of finally having the rating you deserve wears off, you start asking questions. One of the first questions that you might ask is this: It’s a legitimate question – rare is the Veteran that finds themselves sitting on the couch eating bon-bons … Continue reading

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I have found information on disable veterans being able to apply to federal jobs after the application process has already closed or to get a non-competitive appointment.

Anyone have any experience or information on this?

I understand the the point system advantage, this is something completely different. 

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I hate to burst everyones bubble, but I actually work for a DOD agency. I survive by medication! We need Contracting personnel, and to qualify you must have a college degree, actually a business degree, or another degree with 24 hours of business. We are bringing on board a young Veteran that barely meets the qualifications. There were a lot of people that beat him on education and experience, but he earned this job in so many other ways. Once, he comes on board, he will start at a GS-7 and automatically go to a GS-11, after training and getting some experience. While it does help to know someone, you still must be qualified for that position.

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I was recently rated at 30% and would like to go back to school using Voc Rehab to get a college degree to eventually be employed by the Federal Government. I already have a AA degree, but realize i will need to get a bachelors degree to make more money. Was originally considering a Business degree; as it is faster; but now i am looking into a construction management. Does the type of bachelors degree matter?

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Chris111,

Do you know where in the federal service you would like to work? I do not think the feds do much construction work, as they contract it out. The reason that I'm asking about where, is that you may want to tailor your degree to that area of the government. You may want to make sure that you have at least 24 hours of business credit with your construction management degree, that way you can get into the government overseeing the contractor's work as a Project Manager or a Contract Manager.

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Unless its a specialty any degree helps.After your work a few years your work experience is the most important.

Good Luck I think that you have a good plan.

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What part of the country are you in? You want to try and get in a upward training program, you would start off as say a GS5 or 7 and reach a guarnteed 11 or 12. After that you would compete for the next grade. It does not hurt to know someone in civil service. Also, make sure you take every advantage that your Veteran status gives you, you have earned it.

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