The purpose of the Ohio SHRM State Council Veterans Month Project 2009 was to increase awareness of Ohio veterans' needs and to provide our professional and student chapters with resource materials, events and activity ideas so they could conduct workforce readiness-related education with their members and local military facilities. The Ohio SHRM State Council challenged each local professional and student chapter to present at least one Veterans Month event in November of 2009. HR professionals must be prepared to both honor and help returning veterans when processing veterans employment. As chapters educate and reach out to military veterans on workforce readiness issues we need to be sensitive to varying return schedules, flexible to their needs, understanding of veteran family requests (FMLA), and aware of relevant legislative issues (USERRA, ADA, FMLA). We believe by increasing Ohio HR professionals' awareness of veterans needs; promoting cooperation and coordination between Ohio SHRM chapters and U.S. military (active, reserve, veterans) groups; providing resource binders to all Ohio SHRM chapter presidents, workforce readiness advocates, and student chapters; and conducting state-wide workforce readiness events during the month of November 2009, we have addressed a huge need that exists today in our state.
Veterans Month 2009 Resource Guide (Manual) for download