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Returning Vets Getting Their Former Jobs Back — It’s the Law

Question:  Our son is returning home from Iraq soon after the New Year. Will he be able to get his former job back? Answer:  Illinois soldiers who are returning home from war overseas are entitled to reemployment upon their return, according to federal law. Under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Act, military personnel must have given written or verbal advance notice to their employer; not have a cumulative length of absences due to service in excess of five years; and must submit an application for reemployment within an appropriate time frame, which varies depending on the length of military service and whether the person has a service-connected injury or illness. Other sections of the law provide for driver’s license and license plate renewal, power of attorney, wills and living wills, fair credit reporting and student loans.       For more information about Illinois law, visit If you have a legal question, send it to   Illinois Law Now is a series of newspaper and internet posts prepared by the Illinois State Bar Association that address legal issues of interest to the public. For additional information about the law, visit