RE Factor Tactical has been putting a lot of effort into demystifying “protected veterans." As a company founded and run by barrel-chested freedom fighters (and one that builds SOF-designed equipment for barrel-chested freedom fighters), this might not be a topic you’d expect to see on their blog.

After all, RE Factor is a company known for building hard use gear, not navigating VA red tape or sussing out clarification to vague bureaucratic guidelines.

But that is in fact exactly [what they] have been doing.

It is good to know how to kick doors and put madmen down. It is also good to understand the system that takes care of you when you return from overseas.
It is good to know how to kick doors and put madmen down. It is also good to understand the system that takes care of you when you return from overseas.

REFT takes pride in building training accessories like their SOF targets, deployment equipment like the Advanced Special Operations Bag, and warfighting gear like the RDX Helmet Cover.

They take equal pleasure in assisting fellow veterans navigate complicated application process, bureaucracy, and even the occasional beadledom. On such topic is that of protected veteran status.

As REFT explains, “..despite the background, education, experience, and discipline veterans have, it feels like it isn’t enough to land a job of equivalent value and purpose outside of the military—especially if you’re a disabled veteran—Your scars may show on the outside [sic], or they may be held deep within, either way, they still cause a heavy load when it comes to finding employment.”

Veterans are protected by law in many ways, but few understand the legal definition of
Veterans are protected by law in many ways, but few understand the legal definition of "protected veteran status."

There are federal laws that protect veterans from discrimination based on those scars, beginning with the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 (VEVRAA) and continuing with things like the Disabled Veterans Affirmative Action Plans (DVAAP) program. While well-intentioned, those laws and others like them can be difficult to parse through.

What is an SF-15? What qualifies a disabled veteran with a 5-point preference vs. a 10-point preference? Who or what is the Schedule A Appointing Authority?

These are the types of questions RE Factor has committed itself to providing answers for - specifically, accurate, easily understood answers for their fellow veterans.

RE Factor Tactical. Visit REFT for the assaulter kit and targets - stay for an education.

Contact RE Factor Tactical for at; info@refactortactical.com.

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