Disabled Veteran Leave Guidance

Disabled Veteran Leave (DVL) was authorized by the Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act of 2015. DVL is for the purposes of undergoing medical treatment for a service-connected disability for which sick leave could regularly be used. Employees who are hired on or after November 5, 2016 who are Veterans with a 30% or greater service-connected disability may be eligible for DVL.

OPM has specified that for the purposes of DVL, ‘hired’ means:

  • Newly hired with no previous Federal service; or
  • Reappointed with at least a 90-day break in service; or
  • Military reservists or members of the National Guard that return to duty in their civilian positions after a period of military service.

DVL Toolkit

Additional Resources

For more information, you may contact WorkFlex@nih.gov.

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