Incentivizing Yale Veterans: Challenge Coins

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

A challenge coin is a small coin or medallion, bearing an organization’s insignia or emblem and carried by the organization’s members. Traditionally, they are given to prove membership when challenged and to enhance morale. In addition, they are also collected by service members. In practice, challenge coins are normally presented by unit commanders in recognition of special achievement by a member of the unit. They are also exchanged in recognition of visits to an organization.

In keeping with this tradition, the Yale Veterans Network Affinity Group has recently produced a new challenge coin and would like to present one to each staff member that served in any of our armed services.

We request that you update your Yale profile to ensure that the University captures that information in its system. Recent changes to federal legislation, requires Yale as a recipient of federal contracts, to provide the federal government with data indicating the number of faculty and staff in our workforce who are protected veterans and/or persons with disabilities. In an effort to comply with these requirements, We ask if you have not already done so, that you take a few minutes to respond to voluntary questions regarding self-identification of disability and protected veteran status.

Please note that in addition to fulfilling federal requirements, the information provided also enables Yale to communicate to you about opportunities and events that might be of particular interest to you. These step by step instructions will assist you in the process as well as the federal definitions of who is considered a protected veteran.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you in advance for your attention and your assistance and contact the YVN at: to request your coin.

Together, we will find a way to get the coin to you.

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