Wounded Warrior Fellowship Program

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The Wounded Warrior Program was established to create employment opportunities for veterans within the House of Representatives. These two-year fellowships provide veterans with experience and exposure to broaden career opportunities. Positions are available in congressional Member District Offices nationwide. Wherever possible, those selected for the program will be given the opportunity to transition into full-time employment. However, full-time employment is not guaranteed at the conclusion of the two-year fellowship. 

Applicants must have served on active duty since September 11, 2001, have a 30-percent or greater service-connected disability rating and fewer than 20 years of service. If a fellowship is located within a Representative’s District, the appointment is contingent on the representative’s continuous representation in the U.S. House. In addition to a current resumé, applicants must submit a copy of their DD214 (Page 4) and a VA letter confirming that they have at least a 30-percent service-connected disability rating.

Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions below to learn how to be considered for one of these fellowships.

Q. What is the definition of a "Wounded Warrior" as it relates to the House's Wounded Warrior Program?

A. Any disabled veteran who has served on active duty since September 11, 2001, has fewer than 20 years of military service, and has received either a Memorandum Rating of 30 percent or greater from their service Physical Evaluation Board or a VA service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or greater is eligible to apply for positions with this program. Candidates for employment must have been honorably discharged and possess a high school diploma or GED certificate.

Q. How do I apply to the House's Wounded Warrior Program?

A. Eligible applicants may send the scanned required documentation, which includes a current resume, last DD214 and proof of a minimum 30% disability rating for a service connected condition, to housewoundedwarriors@mail.house.gov.  Please be sure to indicate the position for which you are applying.

Q. What if I do not know my rating?

A. All military personnel discharged through the Disability Evaluation System for service-incurred injuries or illnesses receive a determination of findings. If you have not received that finding or have misplaced your letter, contact your appropriate service headquarters. You may also obtain a letter from your VA Regional Benefits Office that confirms your disability rating.

Q. How much will I be paid as a Wounded Warrior Fellow?

A. Salaries will vary from job to job, depending on the duties and recommendations from the office or Congressional Member that hires the Wounded Warrior.

Q. Will all fellowship positions lead to full time work?

A. Fellowship positions are not a guarantee of continued employment beyond the two year assignment. However, the opportunity for full time employment may arise.

Q. Are all Wounded Warrior Fellowships located in Washington, D. C.?

A. Although some fellowships may be located in Washington, D. C., most are located in the district offices of Members of Congress.

Q. Is there reimbursement for relocation expenses?

A. Reimbursement will NOT be paid for a position that requires relocation.

Check out the Wounded Warrior Fellowship website for more information.

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