Secretary of Defense Accepting Nominations for Employer Support Freedom Award

Supportive employers have helped keep our nation strong with their commitment to Guard and Reserve members who comprise nearly one-half of America’s military force.

NATION – Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense office, is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Secretary of Defense employer support Freedom Award. The Freedom Award is the Department of Defense’s highest honor presented to civilian employers for exceptional support of their National Guard and Reserve employees.

Guards, reservists, or their family members may submit nominations through the website at by Jan. 20.

Guard and Reserve members comprise nearly one-half of the nation’s military force, providing essential services to national security and humanitarian efforts at home and abroad. Supportive employers, with their enduring commitment, have helped keep our military strong and our Nation secure.

“Across the nation, employers have shown noteworthy support to their service member employees and families,” said Paul Mock, ESGR national chair. “Whether on routine duty, responding to natural disasters or serving in a deployed location, employers who encourage military service make it easier to serve.”

“By submitting a Freedom Award nomination, a member of the National Guard or Reserve can acknowledge and thank their employer for the critical role they play in our nation’s defense,” said Mock, who noted that each year, up to 15 deserving employers selected as award recipients are honored in Washington, D.C.

Examples of past recipient support include continued benefits and health care for deployed service members, home maintenance and child care support and veteran hiring initiatives.

Service members who have received outstanding employer support should submit nominations for the Freedom Award today.

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