Memorial Day is a federal holiday celebrated each year in the United States every last Monday of May to honor the brave men and women who died while serving the country and protecting its freedom.
As a part of their rejoicing, SSA commissioner Michael J. Astrue announced that the agency opens its door to employment opportunities for veterans who have at least seven years of experience as a licensed lawyer.
Although the examination has been closed to all other applicants, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced that 10-point preference eligible veterans who are interested in becoming an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) for SSA can still take the test. In fact, at the SSA’s official press release page, the OPM provided the website where interested veterans may gain further information regarding the job opportunity.
Commissioner Astrue stated that the agency is committed in employing more veterans as a sign of support for President Obama’s Veterans Employment Initiative. He added that the agency is very much honored to have veterans in their workforce and to help the agency fulfill its mission.
At present, the agency in fact has hired some 210 veterans, including 91 disabled veterans which make up the 34% of the total new hires. Many of the said veterans handle disability benefit claims and help reduce the agency’s backlog of permanent disability cases.
There is no doubt that any Los Angeles permanent disability lawyer will agree with Commissioner Astrue in saying that hiring more veterans is another major factor in providing an excellent service at a time when the agency’s fund is draining. This is so since such veterans have longer years of experience and more gained knowledge as they journey through their golden age.