Liaison’s Ledger: Why Veterans Count

Tuesday, March 28, 2017
In the Fall of 2016 we began an initiative we called, “Veterans Count at Yale.” There were two main reasons for the initiative; first and foremost, Yale leaders wanted to clearly communicate their regard for those who have served in the military and who now work or study at Yale and second, to attempt to obtain an accurate and complete count of the number of veterans at Yale.
Since there is absolutely no legal obligation for anyone to inform the university that they are a veteran we can’t have an accurate count unless our veterans voluntarily identify them-selves – so we need the help of every veteran to complete the count. The more we know about how many veterans we have on campus, the more likely we will be able to provide appropriate support when and where it is needed.
It is important to note that the women and men who served in the United States Military have specific protection under United States labor laws and cannot be discriminated against based on their military service. The Office for Equal Opportunity Programs will manage any is-sues of discrimination should they arise.
Employees wishing to identify themselves as veterans can do so quite easily in the Workday system. Click here for more detailed instructions to guide you through the process. Of note: If you wish to designate more than one category you have to save the first selection and repeat the process to select the second. The wording for each of these is deter-mined by the government so Yale cannot change the category wording.
If you have any questions about how to do this, you can call the Human Resources help desk at 203-432-5552 and they will walk you through the process. You may also for further assistance.
The important thing is to make the selection and urge your veteran friends to do the same. As we seek to improve our support of veterans it will help to know who they are and how many work and study here. In the coming months, I look forward to hearing from you and your colleagues about issues of importance to you.
Contributor Contact:
Jack Beecher
Yale Veteran Liaison
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