History of VEVRAA
President Gerald Ford passed Section 4212 of the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 (VEVRAA) on December 4, 1974, which was originally created for veterans returning home from the Vietnam War. This was necessary because – generally speaking – society was biased against the war and the military men and women who served in Vietnam.
As a result, the community tended to view the newly returned veterans negatively and unemployment among the veterans ensued. VEVRAA prohibited companies that were awarded federal contracts from discriminating against veterans. In other words, it required affirmative action to safeguard equal opportunity for men and women in the military.