The federal government is still fighting tooth and nail to not hire veterans, we put the so called Outstanding Program to rest, we put the Federal Career Intern Program, FCIP, to rest now we have Pathways. Pathways impacts more harshly on veteran preference than the two combined. I agree stop the one day of mostly BS, and do some thing for the other 364 days. It will never stop.
The Presidential Management Fellows, PMF, program is a prime example. I became finalist just for the hell of it, I applied for 10+- jobs. Still waiting for an interview.