From: Sam Surowitz
Date: May 18, 2020
Subject: May - Veteran Community Newsletter

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May 18th 2020 | Edition 4

Armed Forces to Memorial Day

The month of May is very meaningful for those in our community. Saturday, May 16th was Armed Forces Day. This is a joyous day for us to appreciate those who currently serve in uniform. It is only fitting that just one day prior, the University of Dayton ROTC "Fighting Flyers Battalion" conducted their Class of 2020 commissioning ceremony. For the first time ever, in over 100 years of UD ROTC history, the ceremony was conducted remotely! No enemy, not even a virus, would stop them from achieving their mission!

Monday, May 25th is Memorial Day - a day that many Americans appreciate as the start of summer and a holiday weekend. For our community it is a day of somber remembrance, where we mourn beloved comrades and loved ones, some lost recently and some long ago. Many do not realize how many Gold Star Families we have at UD. I was humbled to learn that one of my esteemed colleagues, herself a highly decorated veteran, was a Gold Star Spouse. Just last semester alone I had the honor of assisting three of our students whose fathers made the ultimate sacrifice. These three were little more than babies when their fathers laid down their lives in service to our nation.  Now close to 20 years later, their veteran guardian angels support them still by passing on to them a GI Bill benefit that will help them achieve their educational goals. As a thankful nation we humbly support these modest survivors' benefits, and appreciate the lives of the brave men and women given in defense of our freedom.  

Thank you and your family for your service and sacrifice.

This edition contains information about submitting your semester request for VA benefits certification, military installation access for veterans, and job resources for after graduation. We also share with you some info about our Veterans' UD Flyers Flag Project, challenge coins, and graduation cords. Finally there is a listing of some emergency financial resources for veterans and a notification about the Student Veterans Association and their Veterans Day 5K.
For questions about any of the articles, please contact Sam Surowitz, MVPS Director, at or 937-229-5540.

Submit Your Semesterly Request for VA Education Benefits!

If you use VA benefits you must submit your request each semester.  The best time to submit your request for benefits is the semester prior to when you want to receive them.  That means that for those who want GI Bill or other VA education benefits for Summer or Fall of 2020 now is the time to request them! 

To request benefits for Fall of 2020 please click the first link.

2020-2021 (Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Summer 2021) Request for VA Certification

To request benefits for Summer 2020, or if you forgot to request benefits for the Spring semester that just passed, please use the link below.

2019-2020 (Spring 2020, Summer 2020) Request for VA Certification

Or navigate to and complete Step 4 on the "Apply for Chapter Benefits" tab.


Are You Stressing about Post Graduation Employment Opportunities?

Fortunately, because you served your country there are a number of resources available to help veterans find employment. 

One resource that is available is on the Ohio Means Jobs website. At the bottom of the page there is a veterans tab that contains several features. These include a military skills translator, veteran friendly companies, and a job search tab.

Another resource available to veterans is on the Student Veterans of America website. Some of the features of the page include a search bar where you can type in your military occupation code to see if there is anything that applies to what you did in the military. The site also provides a list of companies that are veteran friendly when it comes to hiring.

Also, keep in mind USAJobs is another resource where you can apply a veteran filter to your job search and it provides a list of job openings for veterans. Occasionally throughout the year there are seminars on how to effectively use the USAJobs website around campus.

Finally, the resourceful folks at the UD Career Services are always available to help with a variety of things from resume building to post graduation plans. Scheduling an appointment with a career advisor can be done through your Handshake account. If you are unfamiliar with Handshake it can be accessed through UD’s Career Services page. Your UD Porches username and password will get you logged into Handshake.

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Graduation Cords

Just as we'd like to welcome you aboard with our challenge coin, we'd like to send you off with your veteran graduation cord!  Congratulations on achieving your educational goals.  If you are a veteran or service member who just completed your degree, reach out to MVPS and we will get one in the mail to you right away! Contact
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Join Alumni Group on "Flyer Connection"

In partnership with Alumni & Constituent Programs we have created a "Veteran and Military Affiliated" group in a new website called "Flyer Connection".  This site will link current students with Alum, and the creation of this group allows UD Alum and current students to find one another based on military/veteran affiliation.

Students can seek formal and informal mentorship and connection with Alum, and Alum can connect with one another as well. There will be a message board and even the ability to VTC through this program. 

All UD students and alum who are ROTC Cadets, veterans, current service members, and family members of any of the aforementioned groups are encouraged to join at  Just click on groups on bar at the top of the page and scroll down to Veteran and Military Affiliated!

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Donate to Support MVPS

If you are able, consider donating to support UD MVPS.  Donations can help fund some of the initiatives that you've read about in this newsletter. Additionally, we will be opening a new MVPS student center this academic year! Your donations are important no matter what the size. They can support anything from a simple cup of coffee for a student vet who's cramming for finals, to a military service flag display, a display case,  furniture, or even a computer for student use! Consider making a larger donation? Reach out to let us know exactly how it should be used!

To make a donation using a credit card, use this link: In the "Designation" drop-down box, scroll to the very bottom of the list and select "Other - search funds at". A new text box will appear asking you to copy and paste your fund name. You do not need to use the search tool. Simply enter "Military And Veteran Programs And Services (MVPS)" in this box.

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Last Normal Picture

One thing that I've noticed on social media is a "Last Normal Picture" post where people share the last thing they were doing before the Covid-19 lockdown started. In March I had the privilege to attend the Council of College and Military Educators (CCME) conference in Philadelphia, PA. One of the guest speakers was retired Sergeant Major of the Army Dan Dailey, who spoke to us about leadership and support for veterans and service members. SMA Dailey is now the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Vice President for NCO and Soldier Programs. On behalf of UD's Student Veteran Association, I presented SMA Dailey with the legacy SVA challenge coin! The truth is, it's not normal at all to have the opportunity to coin the SMA, who was a role model for myself and hundreds of thousands of soldiers - but definitely worth sharing!

When I left UD things were pretty normal.  I never expected that I had already spent my last day working on campus for Spring '20. Immediately upon my return remote work began. If you'd like to touch base about how Covid-19 has affected you, please reach out. I'd be happy to put you in touch with any useful resources!

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Access to Base Resources with VA Medical Cards

New this year, veterans and caregivers with a Veteran Health Identification Card (VHIC) will be granted access to utilize base commissaries, base exchanges/BX/PX, and the Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR). To gain access, stop by the visitor center at your local base installation to register your VHIC with a second form of identification (passport, license, etc). Under your photo on your VHIC, it will say your eligibility status (Purple Heart, Former POW, or Service-Connected). Lastly, you can sign on guests if they qualify for base access.

Don’t have a VHIC? Don’t worry, all honorably-discharged veterans can currently shop through the exchange website and the Veterans Canteen Service. For more info on how to obtain a VHIC, visit

MVPS Challenge Coin

In order to thank our students who are veterans as well as those who currently balance their academic goals with ongoing service in the guard, reserve, and active duty components of the U.S. Armed Forces, it is our privilege to present you with this coin as a token of our appreciation!

Please come visit us when you are on campus, or contact

Annual SVA 5K

Save the Date - Annual Veterans Day 5K

This year's annual 5K fundraiser event is scheduled for the Saturday before Veterans Day!  Here is the tentative timeline:

Saturday November 7th 2020 

0945 - 10:00 Pre Race Volunteers Meeting
1000 - 1045 Participant Sign in (bib assignment, t-shirt distribution)
1030 - Volunteers move to positions
1045-1100 Remarks
1100 - Race Starts
1200 - Closing Remarks

Email for more info or check in at at the UDSVA Facebook events page!  The SVA will be happy to assist you with sign up, and can discuss sponsorship packages with donors!

Mitchell Tarkany

UD Veterans' Flyers Flag Project

The Flyers Flag Project goal is to connect our Veteran and Military Affiliated students at UD with those Flyers serving, working, and studying around the world. From our alum who are now deployed and serving in the military, to our online students who take courses from afar - we want to link our whole community. The flag has recently deployed to Qatar, Afghanistan, and Washington D.C..  When our physical MVPS student center is up and running we will keep the flag in a shadow box alongside a collage of our Flyer students posing with it. When the box is empty, we will know that it is deployed somewhere with a Flyer! 

Pictured above is UD Flyer Sergeant Mitchell Tarkany (Criminal Justice Studies, Class of '19) and his squad is Afghanistan in 2020.  

Pictured below is UD Flyer Lieutenant Emma Remsen (Criminal Justice Studies, Class of '17) in Qatar in late 2019.

Thank you for your service!

Emma Remsen
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Resources for Veterans and Service Members in Need

Covid-19 brought challenges that no one could have expected.  Here are some financial resources that service members and veterans may find helpful.

Temporary Financial Assistance (for Minor Children) ($1500)

Family Support Assistance ($500)

Unemployed services and financial relief Homecoming Heroes – Pending Claim; Self Sufficiency – One Time VA Disability Rating of 30% or more due to a single sustained combat injury