Veterans at Duke

Duke University is committed to supporting veterans employed at the University and the Health System. Although this page provides links to services that may be of interest to veterans, all employees at Duke are invited to use this resource.

We encourage veterans to self-identify. For information, please see the Identify as a Veteran section below.

Sections on This Page



Student Vets Adjust to Life on Campus

Veterans Day at Duke

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Did you know that Thomas Edison was disabled?

Profiles of other historic figures

Free museum admission to Veterans across the U.S.

Duke, UNC Law Students to Help Veterans File for Benefit on April 4


Identify as a Veteran

The University is committed to offering equal opportunity to its employees and applicants for employment, without regard to disability or veteran status. This policy includes recruiting, hiring, appointment, and promotion, in all position classifications. In view of this commitment, the University reviews its personnel policies regularly, to ensure that veterans and individuals with disabilities are given careful consideration for all jobs for which they qualify.

We invite all employees to identify veteran and/or disability status. Submission of such information is voluntary, and declining to provide it will not subject you to adverse treatment. The University keeps such information confidential, except as provided by law.

To self-identify as a veteran, please contact your payroll representative or Duke Human Resources at 919-684-5600.

Access the Veterans Self-identification Form

Veteran Status Definitions

  • Disabled Veteran: A veteran who served on active duty in the U.S. military ground, naval, or air service and (1) who was discharged or released from active duty because of a service-connected disability, or (2) who is entitled to compensation (or who but for the receipt of military retired pay would be entitled to compensation) for certain disabilities under laws administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

  • Veteran of the Vietnam Era: Under Section 4212, a veteran of the U.S. military, ground, naval, or air service, any part of whose service was during the period of August 5, 1964, and May 7, 1975, who (1) served on active duty for a period of more than 180 days, and was discharged or released with other than a dishonorable discharge, or (2) was discharged or released from active duty because of a service-connected disability. "Vietnam Era Veteran" also includes any veteran of the U.S. military, ground, naval, or air service who served in the Republic of Vietnam between February 28, 1961, and May 7, 1975.

  • Recently Separated Veteran: A veteran during the three-year period beginning on the date of such veteran's discharge or release from active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval or air service.

  • Other Protected Veteran: Any other veteran who served on active duty in the U.S. military ground, naval, or air service during a war or in a campaign or expedition, for which a campaign badge has been authorized, other than a special disabled veteran, veteran of the Vietnam era, or recently separated veteran.

  • Armed Services Medal Veteran: Any veteran who, while serving on active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval or air service, participated in a United States military operation for which an Armed Forces service medal was awarded pursuant to Executive Order 12985 (61 FR 1209) (an operation in which the participants encountered no foreign armed opposition or imminent hostile action.)


Education and Training Assistance

Duke Continuing Studies
Evening, weekend, and online courses to help with test preparation and professional certification.

Durham Technical Community College
Degree and certificate programs in accounting, computer programming, clinical trials research, nursing, surgical technology, and other enriching careers.

Employee Tuition Assistance Program
Provides reimbursement of tuition for classes taken at Duke or certain other higher educational institutions.

Tuition Reimbursement for Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) studies in nursing
Duke ABSN graduates can receive most of the tuition you paid refunded back to you in return for working for Duke University Health System (DUHS). 

Yellow Ribbon Program
This program allows degree granting institutions to voluntarily enter into an agreement with VA to fund tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate with the and VA matching those funds.

Yellow Ribbon Program at Duke
Duke University participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program.


Resources for Employers

Top Ten Reasons to Hire Veterans (and wounded warriors) 

Understanding the Military Resume


Resources at Duke

Accommodations and Accessibility Assistance at Duke
The Disability Management System (DMS) provides services and information regarding accessible working and learning environments.

Grievance Procedures
Contact the Office for Institutional Equity at 919-684-8222.

Jobs at Duke
Apply for jobs, update your resume, frequently asked questions.

Training and Development Programs at Duke
Take classes or workshops in the areas of computer technology, work skills, management development, finances and more. Also available is information regarding tuition reimbursement. 

Counseling (Personal Assistance Service)
A free faculty/employee assistance program of Duke University provides a staff of licensed professionals offering assessment, short-term counseling, and referrals to help resolve a range of personal, work, and family problems. 



America's Heroes at Work LinkedIn Group
There are currently more than 250 Veteran-related social networking groups on LinkedIn. One of them is America's Heroes at Work.

Student Veterans Association at Duke
Serves the needs of students with prior or current military association, their families, and dependents. See also, Duke Student Affairs.


Additional Resources

America's Heroes at Work
Addresses the employment challenges of returning Service Members living with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and/or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

American Corporate Partners (ACP)
Offers free career counseling and mentors hip to recently returned veterans by professionals from America's finest corporations and select universities. 

Connecting the disability community to information and opportunities.

Durham VA Medical Center is our local/regional resource center. 

Toll-Free phone numbers:
Benefits: 800-827-1000
Education: 888-442-4551
TDD: 800-829-4833
Durham VA Direct (24-hrs/7-days): 888-878-6890
Durham VA Local Number: 919-286-0411

Employment Security Commission of North Carolina
Job searches, unemployment benefits, foreclosure protection, education assistance, etc.

Enable America
For millions of Americans with disabilities, gainful employment remains out of reach. Enable America is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing employment among the 54 million Americans with disabilities.

e-VETS Resource Advisor
A resource provided by the U.S. Department of Labor, assists veterans, service members, and all those who support them with an comprehensive collection of information and resources, including benefits, education, employment, health, housing, transportation, etc.

Job Accommodation Network (JAN)
The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues.

National Resource Directory: Connecting Wounded Warriors, Service Members, Veterans and Their Families with Those Who Support Them

NC Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Help with preparing for a job or help with staying on the job with your disability, living more independently, tools and technology that can assist you with your disability, and other information.



Americans with Disabilities ACT (ADA)
Regulations, laws, publications, mediation program, etc.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
Disability Discrimination FAQs

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

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