The Office for Institutional Equity promotes Duke's commitment to providing an open and supportive environment for all members of the Duke University and Duke Health community. This page provides information specific to veterans at Duke University and Duke Health. This page provides information specific to veterans, but all members of the Duke community are welcome to explore the resources collected on this page.

Voluntary Self-Identification

Voluntarily self-identifying is a good thing and it helps to make improvements and changes. Duke strives for equal opportunity in recruitment, hiring, appointment, and promotion to its employees and applicants for employment, without regard to disability, active military duty status, or veteran status. Personnel policies are reviewed regularly to ensure that veterans and individuals with disabilities are given careful considerations for all jobs for which they qualify.

If you are a veteran, active military or a disabled individual, we invite you to share your status with Duke. Doing so will help us monitor and advance our equal opportunity policies. Self-identification is voluntary, but we hope that you will choose to self-identify. Any answer you give will be kept confidential and will not be used against you, except as provided by law.

For more information about self-identifying as an individual with disabilities, veteran, or active military, please contact your unit's payroll representative or Duke Human Resources at 919-684-5600 M-F from 8 AM to 5 PM.


  1. Log in to Duke@Work
  2. Select the “My Info” tab and you will see a menu with various employee topics.
  3. Under the My Profile heading, look for “Review/Update my Race, Ethnicity, Veteran and Disability Status” and click the link.
  4. A pop-up window will appear. Follow the instructions, make the appropriate selection(s) and click the "Next" button at the bottom until you reach the final, Confirmation.

Am I a protected veteran?

Determine your veteran status

Veteran Status Definitions

  • Disabled veteran: A veteran who served on active duty in the U.S. military ground, naval, or air service and (1) who was discharged or released from active duty because of a service-connected disability or (2) who is entitled to compensation (or who but for the receipt of military retired pay would be entitled to compensation) for certain disabilities under laws administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • Recently separated veteran: A veteran during the three-year period beginning on the date of such veteran's discharge or release from active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval, or air service.
  • Active duty wartime or campaign badge veteran: Someone who served on active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval, or air service during a war, or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized under the laws administered by the Department of Defense.
  • Armed Forces Service Medal veteran: Any veteran who, while serving on active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval or air service, participated in a United States military operation for which an Armed Forces service medal was awarded pursuant to Executive Order 12985 (61 FR 1209) (an operation in which the participants encountered no foreign armed opposition or imminent hostile action).

Know Your Rights

Learn how to file a discrimination complaint. For information on grievance procedures, contact us at 919-684-8222.

Learn about complaints and concerns

Additional Resources

Duke Continuing Studies
Enroll in evening, weekend, and online courses to help with test preparation and professional certification.

Employee Tuition Assistance Program
Get tuition reimbursement for classes taken at Duke or certain other higher educational institutions.

Duke University Veterans Education Benefits
Learn about Duke's process for certifying benefits for both Veterans Administration and Department of Defense education benefit programs and which programs are eligible.

Training and Development Programs at Duke
Take classes or workshops in the areas of computer technology, work skills, management development, finances, and more. Tuition reimbursement information is also available.

Counseling (Personal Assistance Service)
Get free counseling from a licensed professional. PAS offers assessments, short-term counseling, and referrals to help resolve a range of personal, work, and family problems.

Durham VA Medical Center
508 Fulton Street
Durham, NC 27705-3875
Directions (Google Maps)

Main phone: 919-286-0411
Mental health care: 919-286-0411 x5418

Veterans' Employment & Training Service
Website from the U.S. Department of Labor providing resources for veterans to help them reach their full potential in the workplace.

United Spinal Association (EPVA)
Dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of people living with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D).

Job Accommodation Network (JAN)
Get free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment solutions.

NC Works Veterans Portal
Portal designed for vets to find NC jobs and other local resources.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Portal for veterans to access and manage VA benefits and health care.

Veterans’ Guide to Vocational Schools and Apprenticeship Programs
A guide about available benefits for veterans with a focus on non-traditional postsecondary education options.