About the Wounded Warrior Program

About the Program

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 be honorably discharged veterans, released from active duty within the last five years, at or below the pay grades of E-5 or O-3. Applicants must also have a 20-percent or more service-connected disability rating. Purple Heart Recipients are exempt from the service connected disability rating requirement but must meet all other requirements to receive consideration. Veterans who are in receipt of a 20-year or Temporary Early Retirement Authorization (TERA) retirement are not eligible for the program. No waivers will be granted. 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 of Representatives. In addition to a current resumé, applicants must submit a copy of their last DD 214 (Member 4) issued and a civil service preference letter confirming that they have at least a 20-percent or more service-connected disability rating (not required for Purple Heart Recipients).