The Office of Personnel Management has issued final regulations for the enforcement of a new disabled veteran leave category as part of an effort to extend the time for veterans to address medical issues.
OPM said Thursday federal employees hired Nov. 5, 2016 and beyond with a service-related disability rating of at least 30 percent will be able to avail of the disabled veteran leave established under the Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act of 2015.
“This rule ensures the federal government supports our service members who have sacrificed their own health and well-being to serve our country,” said Beth Cobert, acting OPM director.
“We want these veterans to have sufficient leave during their first year of federal service in order to take care of any medical issues related to their service-connected disability,” added Cobert.
The disabled veteran leave will start on an employee’s first day of employment as a one-time benefit during a 12-month period.