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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

The 55-c program is managed by the New York State Department of Civil Service.  To learn more about the program, eligibility, and how to apply, visit the Civil Service website at: http://www.cs.ny.gov/rp55/


Need More Help?

For assistance, schedule an appointment with a New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs (NYS DVA) State Veterans Counselor.

Call the DVA Help Line at 1.888.838.7697, or contact the DVA by email.

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