Veterans' Bill of Rights
THROUGHOUT AMERICAN HISTORY our military has provided for the national defense and preserved
our way of life. The American military is not a faceless body but a collection of individuals — patriots united by a
legacy of selfless service and sacrifice. America's veterans know the cost of freedom and have never looked to others to pay
THAT SPIRIT POWERS this rallying cry to veterans. Now is the time to find your brothers
and sisters, those who also once bore the nation's burden. Look not solely to government agencies but to each other, as well.
As ten percent of the American population, you have the ability to inform, to employ, to mentor, to heal — to change
the lives of other veterans.
Now is the time.
Rights associated with a veteran's standing are manifest in the following articles:
The Right to Understand Benefits
Veterans have the right to comprehensive and accurate information
about pay, benefits, and health care that is easily understood. This right is assured regardless of what organization is providing
the benefits — federal, state, or local.
The Right to Use Benefits
Veterans have the right of ready access to all of the benefits for which
they are entitled. Veterans with physical or mental disabilities or those who simply don't understand "the red tape" surrounding
benefits must be provided assistance that will allow them ready access.
The Right to a Good Job
Veterans have the right to jobs commensurate with the skills and experiences
gained in the military. Veterans must have access to tools that will allow them to create resumes that properly translate
their military skills into civilian skills and language. They also have the right to understand all of their options surrounding
federal employment and veteran preference. At the same time, employers, especially veteran employers, have the responsibility
of understanding the advantages that veteran employees bring to the marketplace.
The Right to Keep That Job
Veterans have the right to serve in the nation's National Guard and
Reserve forces with the confidence that if they must leave their civilian jobs for extended periods they will be protected.
Both veterans and their employers should understand USERRA and what the law requires in terms of veteran employment and re-employment
The Right to Treatment For Service-Related Illness
Veterans have the right to health care for any
service-related illnesses, be they physical or mental. Further, veterans have the right to the best medical care the government
The Right to Respect and Nondiscrimination
As a result of demonstrated patriotism and the selfless
desire to protect our way of life, veterans have the right to respect and nondiscriminatory treatment from all Americans and
organizations both public and private.
The Right to Identity Protection
Veterans have the right to trust that government organizations
that possess personal data will safeguard that data.
The Right to Education
Veterans have earned the right to pursue dreams through education. Organizations
charged with facilitating a veteran's use of GI Bill benefits must be responsive. Places of higher education must also give
veterans appropriate consideration and treatment.
The Right to Community
Veterans have earned their place among veterans and can depend on the veteran
community to keep them informed, empowered, and enabled with respect to the issues articulated in Articles I through VIII.
For its part, Military.com pledges to continue as the forum for these activities.