(1) An eligible veteran receives a preference by having their seniority increased. This is done by adding the eligible veteran's total active military service, not to exceed five years, to their unbroken service date.
(2) An eligible veteran is defined as any permanent employee who:
(a) Has one or more years in active military service in any branch of the armed forces of the United States or who has less than one year's service and is discharged with a disability incurred in the line of duty or is discharged at the convenience of the government; and
(b) Has received, upon termination of such service:
(i) An honorable discharge;
(ii) A discharge for physical reasons with an honorable record; or
(iii) A release from active military service with evidence of service other than that for which an undesirable, bad conduct, or dishonorable discharge is given.
(3) "An eligible veteran" does not include any person who as a veteran voluntarily retired, as evidenced by the "DD Form 214" or other official military records, with twenty or more years' active military service and has military retirement pay in excess of five hundred dollars per month.
(4) The surviving spouse or surviving registered domestic partner of an eligible veteran is entitled to veteran's seniority preference for up to five years as outlined in subsection (1) and (2) of this section regardless of whether the veteran had at least one year of active military service.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 41.06 RCW. 10-11-073, § 357-46-060, filed 5/14/10, effective 6/15/10; 09-17-056 and 09-18-113, § 357-46-060, filed 8/13/09 and 9/2/09, effective 12/3/09; 05-12-077, § 357-46-060, filed 5/27/05, effective 7/1/05; 04-18-114, § 357-46-060, filed 9/1/04, effective 7/1/05.]