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Veterans with Disabilities Employment Program (55-c)

New York State wants to employ Veterans.  Section 55-c of the New York State Civil Service Law authorizes 500 positions to be filled with qualified wartime Veterans with disabilities.

Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications for the position but are not required to take an examination. Eligible Veterans are not guaranteed state employment and are not placed on a hiring list.


Any Veteran who has received the Purple Heart medal or who has a disability rating assigned by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) of at least 20 percent is automatically eligible.

Veterans with less than a 20 percent disability rating from the VA may be eligible for the 55-c program.  These Veterans must have a disability certified by the Employee Health Service (EHS) of the Department of Civil Service.  A qualifying disability does not need to be service connected.

More Information

If you already have a 55-c Letter of Eligibility (LOE), and would like to use the Recruitment Resource Center as a job seeker, please visit the Civil Service website at:

If you would like to learn more about the 55-c program, including how to apply for a 55-c Letter of Eligibility (LOE), please visit the Civil Service website at:

Additional Assistance:

If you would like to learn more about the benefits and services you may be eligible for as a Veteran, servicemember, or as a family member of a Veteran or servicemember, please call the New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs Help Line at 1.888.838.7697 (VETSNYS), where you may also schedule an appointment with one of our Veterans Benefits Advisors.

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