USERRA clarifies and strengthens the Veterans' Reemployment Rights Statute. USERRA is
intended to minimize the disadvantages to an individual that occur when that person needs to be absent
from his or her civilian employment to serve in this country's uniformed services. USERRA makes
major improvements in protecting service member rights and benefits by clarifying the law and
improving enforcement mechanisms. It also provides employees with Department of Labor assistance
in processing claims. Specifically, USERRA expands the cumulative length of time that an individual
may be absent from work for uniformed services duty and retain reemployment rights.