Hawaii reservists encouraged to thank civilian employers

| November 25, 2010 | 0 Comments

Pearson Moore, New Release

ARLINGTON, Va. – While Americans are reflecting on what they are thankful for, members of the Hawaii Guard and Reserve and their families are encouraged to thank supportive employers this Thanksgiving, and nominate them for the 2011 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award.

The Freedom Award is the highest recognition the U.S. government gives to employers for their outstanding support of employees serving in the National Guard and Reserve. To date, five Hawaii employers have been nominated to be one of the 15 employers recognized nationally.

Nominations are accepted at www.FreedomAward.mil through Jan. 17, 2011. Service members and their families are eligible and encouraged to nominate employers who have provided exceptional support to military employees above the federal law requirements.

Almost 50 percent of the U.S. military is comprised of Guardsmen and reservists. The Department of Defense shares these citizen-warriors with their civilian employers, many of whom provide significant support to their employees.

The Freedom Award was instituted in 1996 under the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a DoD Agency, to recognize support from the employer community. In the past 15 years, 145 employers from across the nation have received this prestigious award. ESGR develops and promotes employer support for Guard and Reserve by advocating relevant initiatives, recognizing outstanding support, increasing awareness of applicable laws and resolving conflict between employers and service members.

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Web: For questions regarding the Freedom Award, visit www.FreedomAward.mil, e-mail ESGR-PA@osd.mil or call (703) 696-1171, ext. 539.

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