Summary: H.R.2486 — 101st Congress (1989-1990)All Information (Except Text)

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Passed House amended (07/31/1989)

Veterans Recruitment Authority Act of 1989 - Changes the name of the veterans' readjustment appointments program to the veterans recruitment authority (VRA) program. Removes the maximum GS-level (currently, GS-9) restriction for VRA appointments. Makes veterans who first became members of the armed forces after January 1, 1977, and who were discharged or released from active duty under conditions other than dishonorable eligible for VRA appointments. (Currently, such appointments are limited to certain qualified disabled veterans and Vietnam veterans.) Gives a preference for such appointments to veterans entitled to disability compensation or discharged or released from active duty for a disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty. Provides training for any veteran receiving a VRA appointment, and upon completion of a probationary period, the acquisition of a competitive status. (Current law requires such appointees to be on the job for two years before such status is awarded.)

Provides eligibility for a VRA appointment, in the case of non-disabled post-Vietnam era veterans, for five years after the enactment of this Act or the date of discharge, whichever is later. Eliminates any eligibility termination for service-connected disabled veterans and veterans who served on active duty in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized.

Repeals the December 31, 1989, termination date for the VRA program.