AFGE LOCAL 3571

AFGE Veteran Checklist





 




Representing SSA Veterans employees in Indiana SSA Field Offices and Teleservice Centers – American Federation of Government Employees, AFL-CIO – Executive Vice President Local 3571 Amad Ali – amad.ali@ssa.gov or amadaliabc@gmail.com 

 Veteran's New Hire Checklist

- Ensure service comp dates are accurate, i.e. if the Veterans SSA hire date is January 1, 2015, and they have prior federal service of 10 years, for example, then the service comp date should be January 1, 2005.

- Ensure that Veterans annual leave amount for each pay period is correct, i.e. most new hired Veterans will either begin their SSA careers receiving six or eight hours of annual leave each pay period.  This will not apply to Veterans who retire from the military with 20 or more years of service and receive monthly military retirement monies, unless certain qualifications are met regarding various combat service and service-connected disabilities.  

- Ensure that Veterans know to buy back their military time within three years of their hire date.  After the three year period, interest accrues on the cost of the buy back.  Military buy back impacts retirement eligibility dates and amounts.  Most Veterans who retire from the military with 20 or more years of service and receive monthly military retirement monies do not opt to buy back their military time.  

- Ensure that Veterans, who qualify for the Montgomery GI Bill, are aware of their option to receive GI Bill monies during their SSA training in addition to their pay.  

- Ensure that Veterans are aware of the option to file for a Reasonable Accommodation regarding “ANY” of their disabilities.  This could be helpful in acquiring various tools, services, and resources for physical needs, as well as, tools, services, and resources for various other disability related needs during training and/or conducting any and all SSA work.

 

Thank you for your service.  Please see your rep for any questions.  One of the worst things you can do upon being hired at SSA is assuming rather an asking.