In recognition of the sacrifices made by those serving in the Armed Forces, the State of Kansas enacted laws to prevent veterans seeking State employment from being penalized because of time spent in military service. Veterans’ preference recognizes the economic loss suffered by citizens who have served their country in uniform, restores veterans to a favorable competitive position for Government employment and acknowledges the obligation owed to disabled veterans. Veterans’ preference is not so much as a reward for being in uniform as it is a way to help make up for the economic loss suffered by those who answered the nation’s call to arms.
Eligible veterans, or the spouses of veterans, who meet requirements receive preference for employment, promotional opportunities, and a higher retention standing in the event of reductions in workforce. Qualified veterans or spouses who qualify for veterans' preference are guaranteed an interview and to receive consideration for the position for which they apply. The veterans’ preference laws do not guarantee the veteran a job. Preference does not have as its goal the placement of a veteran in every vacancy; this would be incompatible with the merit principles that are the foundation of the state’s civil service system.