Lawmakers seek to protect municipal jobs for veterans



By Christian M. Wade

BOSTON The civil service system is a pipeline of municipal jobs for military veterans returning from active duty in places like Afghanistan and Iraq.

But as cities and towns increasingly seek exemptions from state-mandated civil service requirements — which give preference to veterans for jobs as police officers and firefighters — veterans advocacy groups say ex-military job applicants are being edged out of the hiring process.

“Every city and town that has pulled out of civil service has drawn down on their veteran hiring,” said Michael Devin, a retired Marine captain and director of Veteran’s Edge, Massachusetts Fallen Heroes’ advocacy group. “They’ll say they want to continue giving veterans preference, but they’re hiring civilians.”

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