I think this is a very nice idea - perhaps one your entire organization could consider in the future. However, the mandatory language of the Invitation to Self-Identify as a covered veteran requires that contractors tell respondents that the information collected is confidential. (See below/check the form y'all use.) While I would hope no veteran would be other than proud of his or her service, some people are a bit uncomfortable with public recognition. Since it appears that you're talking about a small, close working group why don't you consider asking your colleagues in advance if it's okay with them for you to recognize them as veterans in your meeting? OR, you could take the occasion of Veterans Day to acknowledge and thank ALL your organization's veterans at your meeting, inviting anyone in the meeting who is a veteran to wave his or her hand. It's also entirely possible that you know these individuals are vets simply from personal contact or conversation and not from access to their Self ID forms, in which case no contractor-promised confidentiality would be breached. However, if you have any reservations about this, I suggest you try one of the other approaches I've suggested. Surprise recognition may be overrated! As a reminder, here's the language that OFCCP includes in its Sample Invitation, found at Appendix B in the regulations found at 41 CFR Part 60-300: 4. The information you submit will be kept confidential, except that (i) supervisors and managers may be informed regarding restrictions on the work or duties of disabled veterans, and regarding necessary accommodations; (ii) first aid and safety personnel may be informed, when and to the extent appropriate, if you have a condition that might require emergency treatment; and (iii) Government officials engaged in enforcing laws administered by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, or enforcing the Americans with Disabilities Act, may be informed.
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