Skip to main content
PUCT seal
Public Utility Commission of Texas
Page breadcrumbs and sidebar menu launch button
Skip Navigation Links
PUCT General page content



Veteran's Employment Preference

Pursuant to Chapter 657 of the Texas Government Code, the Public Utility Commission of Texas is proud to provide preference in employment to:

  • veterans, including veterans with disabilities;
  • veterans' surviving spouses who have not remarried; and
  • orphans of veterans who were killed on active duty

Individuals who qualify for a veteran's employment preference is entitled to a preference in employment with or appointment to the PUCT over other applicants for the same position who do not have a greater qualification.


Who is a "Veteran"?

Section 2308.251 of the Texas Government Code defines a veteran as a person who:

  • has served in:
    • the army, navy, air force, coast guard, or marine corps of the United States, or the United States Public Health Service under 42 U.S.S. Section 201 et seq., as amended;
    • the Texas military forces as defined by Section 437.001 of the Texas Government Code; or
    • an auxiliary service of one of those branches of the armed forces; and
  • has been honorably discharged from the branch of the service in which the person served

How Does the Veterans's Employment Preference Impact the Hiring Process?

Eligible applicants who meet the minimum qualifications for a position will be shown preference in multiple aspects of the hiring process:

  • Interviews
  • If the total number of applicants interviewed for a position is 6 or fewer, then at least 1 of those applicants must be a qualified individual eligible for veteran's preference
  • If the total number of applicants interviewed for a position is more than 6, then at least 20% of the total number of those applicants must be qualified individuals eligible for veteran's preference

Does the Veteran's Employment Preference Guarantee That I Will Be Interviewed or Hired?

No. For an eligible individual to be interviewed, the individual must meet the same required minimum qualifications for the position as every other applicant. If the individual does not meet the required minimum qualifications, then the individual will not be interviewed.

How do I Apply for Jobs Using Veteran's Employment Preference?

Eligible applicants should apply for positions through the CAPPS Recruit website. For more information on how to apply, go to our Careers With The PUCT page

Applicants will be asked questions as part of the online application process that will be used to determine eligibility for the veteran's hiring preference. Applicants that are determined to be eligible will have a special designator attached to their applicant profile.

If you qualify for a Veteran Employment Preference, it is mandatory that you submit the required documentation with your State of Texas Application. Documentation must be provided before a Veteran Preference can be granted. Required documentation is as follows:

  • Veteran - DD Form 214
  • Surviving Spouse of a Veteran who has not remarried - Marriage Certificate and DD Form 1300
  • Orphan of a Veteran who was killed during active duty - Birth Certificate and DD Form 1300

What Resources are Available to Help Me Find a Job, Write My Resume, and Prepare for My Interview?

There are many organizations that can help veterans and their family members find and prepare for meaningful employment. Links to many of those organizations can be found on the Texas Veterans Portal webpage.

Who Can I Contact for More Information About the Veteran's Employment Preference?

Please contact Human Resources at (512) 936-7060 or