UCO Backs Veterans with Yellow Ribbon Designation and Guard and Reserve Support Statement

(Front, left to right) University of Central Oklahoma President signed a Statement of Support for Guard and Reserve with retired Brig. Gen. Tom DeSpain, chair of the Oklahoma Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) on Aug. 28. (Back, left to right) UCO Vice President for Public Affairs Mark Kinders, UCO Vice President for Student Affairs Myron Pope and retired Command Sgt. Maj. Marcus Whitt, military outreach director of the Oklahoma ESGR, attended the signing.

Sept. 3, 2013

Media Contact: Adrienne Nobles, Assistant Vice President for University Relations, University of Central Oklahoma, 405-974-2103, anobles@uco.edu

UCO BACKS VETERANS WITH YELLOW RIBBON DESIGNATION AND GUARD AND RESERVE SUPPORT STATEMENT

The University of Central Oklahoma recently introduced two new ways it supports our nation’s veterans as they pursue either a college degree or employment at the university. 

First, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) designated Central as a Yellow Ribbon School helping veterans complete their degree.

“We are excited to be distinguished as a Yellow Ribbon School because it not only will enhance our ability to recruit veterans and military personal, but it will also help us provide them with the quality education they deserve,” said Beth Adele, Central’s director of the Veteran Higher Education Resources Office (VetHERO).

The Yellow Ribbon Program, established by the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008, allows institutions of higher learning in the U.S. to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the VA to fund tuition and fee expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition and fee rate in their state.

Also, the university signed a Statement of Support for the Guard and Reserve with the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, an office of the U.S. Department of Defense. The intent of the program is to increase employer support by encouraging employers to act as advocates for employee participation in the military.

By signing the statement, the university pledges to provide its managers and supervisors with the tools they need to effectively manage those employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve; appreciate the values, leadership and unique skills service members bring to the workforce and encourage opportunities to employ Guardsmen, Reservists and veterans; and continually recognize and support our country's service members and their families in peace, in crisis, and in war.

Central offers many resources for student veterans through the VetHERO. This office provides veterans with the resources, support, and advocacy to help them fulfill their academic and personal goals while connecting them to other veterans on campus. Other activities include the UCO Veterans Support Alliance, which unites faculty, staff and students who have served, and the UCO Student Veterans of America chapter to engage students who have or are serving our nation in the military.

For more information about student veteran benefits, contact the VetHERO at 405-974-3686 or at vethero@uco.edu.

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Editor’s Note: Download art to accompany this release at www.uco.edu/photo/GuardandReserve09.13.

Cutline:  (Front, left to right) University of Central Oklahoma President Don Betz, Ph.D., signed a Statement of Support for Guard and Reserve with retired Brig. Gen. Tom DeSpain, chair of the Oklahoma Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) on Aug. 28. (Back, left to right) UCO Vice President for Public Affairs Mark Kinders, UCO Vice President for Student Affairs Myron Pope and retired Command Sgt. Maj. Marcus Whitt, military outreach director of the Oklahoma ESGR, attended the signing.