No veteran should have to choose between their medical appointments and a paycheck. And now they won’t have to, thanks to the recent passage of the Wounded Warrior Federal Leave Act in the U.S. House of Representatives. Veterans will now have access to their full year’s sick leave during their first year of federal employment so they can access medical treatment for injuries resulting from their military service.
“Veterans must be commended for entering the federal civil service after protecting and serving our nation as service members," added AFGE National VA Council President Alma Lee. "AFGE believes that the bipartisan Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act recognizes the continued service of veterans who enter the federal workforce and eases some of the challenges of transitioning back into civilian life."
A Senate version of the Wounded Warrior Federal Leave Act was passed in July. The two bills have several technical differences which will need to be addressed before it is sent to President Obama for his signature.