Southeast Honors Returning Missouri National Guard Members with Computer Resources, Meal


dempsterCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., May 16, 2013 – Southeast Missouri State University today hosted about 25 returning members of the Missouri National Guard’s 1138th Engineer Company, providing them use of a computer lab as part of a job training workshop.

The soldiers are attending a three-day Department of Labor workshop through May 17 in a Dempster Hall computer lab. The workshop is designed to assist service members returning from deployment to gain job seeking and resume developing skills.

Southeast President Kenneth W. Dobbins also hosted a meal for the unit at Dempster Hall.

“These men and women have served this nation admirably, and we are extraordinarily pleased to assist these deserving service members as they transition back into civilian life,” Dobbins said.

The 1138th Engineering Company recently deployed from Afghanistan where they conducted the critical and dangerous task of route clearance over the past year.

The Department of Labor workshop follows a newly approved law creating statutory requirements for military service members separating from active duty to attend civilian employment courses and briefings. The law impacts Missouri National Guardsmen who are returning from deployment, said Capt. Nicholas Swoboda, State Family Program Director for the Missouri National Guard. He said the Veterans Opportunity to Work Hire Heroes Act mandates pre-separation counseling, a Veterans Administration benefits briefing and a Department of Labor employment workshop for select soldiers in transition from active duty to give them the greatest opportunity for success post-military service.