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University of Dayton joins U.S. Department of Defense program affirming support of employees in National Guard, Reserve

The University of Dayton is joining the U.S. Department of Defense Statement of Support Program, which affirms employer support for employees in the National Guard and Reserve.

Employers pledge they will comply with the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act and provide supervisors with tools to effectively manage employees serving in the National Guard and Reserve. Among the tools the program will provide is a live virtual training for employees in the Guard or Reserve and their supervisors.

"The University of Dayton deeply appreciates what service members bring to our workforce and we are proud to support them and their families," said UD President Eric F. Spina. Spina will sign the pledge during a ceremony at the UD men's basketball game versus George Washington Saturday, Feb. 12. Sam Surowitz, director of UD's military and veteran programs and services; Michael Bamber, state chair for Ohio; and Joe Ellis, program chair for western Ohio; will join Spina for the ceremony during a TV timeout.

The University, registered with Ohio Means Jobs as a military-friendly employer, has identified at least 12 employees in the National Guard or Reserves and 100 military- or veteran-affiliated employees overall.

"The University of Dayton is very supportive of faculty, staff and students who are serving or have served in the military," said U.S. Army reservist Jennifer Beyers, an assistant director of recruitment and admission at UD. "Because of my experience of attending school while in the Army, I developed a passion for helping veterans and military-affiliated students continue their education. I now have that opportunity in my role at UD to grow our military-affiliated presence on campus and support their education goals." 

The U.S. Department of Defense's Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve program promotes cooperation and understanding between Guard and Reserve members and their civilian employers, and assists in resolving conflicts arising from an employee's military commitment. The program is supported by a network of more than 3,000 volunteers in 54 committees located in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. 

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