Free­dom award nom­i­na­tion sea­son now open

Does your em­ployer go above and be­yond in sup­port of a guards­man or re­servist?

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WASH­ING­TON — If your em­ployer goes above and be­yond in their sup­port for guards­men or re­servists, nom­i­nate them for the 2019 Sec­re­tary of De­fense Em­ployer Sup­port Free­dom Award.

In­di­ana Air Na­tional Guard Tech. Sgt. Jas­mine Sny­der’s em­ployer looked af­ter her home and pets dur­ing a lengthy de­ploy­ment. U.S. Ma­rine Corps Reser ve Maj. Sa­muel John­son’s em­ployer pro­vided two weeks of paid mil­i­tar y leave an­nu­ally and ad­di­tional time off to travel to and from mil­i­tary train­ing. Lt. Col. Kyson John­son, U.S. Army Re­serve, re­ceived morale calls, care pack­ages and com­pany up­dates from his em­ployer while de­ployed.

These are sto­ries from just a few of the em­ploy­ers who re­ceived the Depart­ment of De­fense’s high­est em­ployer award — the Sec­re­tary of De­fense Em­ployer Sup­port Free­dom Award.

Of the more than 2,000 or­ga­ni­za­tions nom­i­nated by their Guard and Reser ve em­ploy­ees, just 15 be­came re­cip­i­ents in 2018. Nom­i­na­tion sea­son runs through Dec. 31. For more in­for­ma­tion about the Free­dom Award, or how to nom­i­nate your em­ployer, visit www.Free­domAward.mil.

Nom­i­na­tions for the Free­dom Award must come from a Guard or Re­serve ser­vice mem­ber, or their fam­ily mem­bers, em­ployed by the or­ga­ni­za­tion they are nom­i­nat­ing. Ser vice mem­bers can nom­i­nate large and small em­ploy­ers from a broad cross-sec­tion of Amer­ica, in­clud­ing health, trans­porta­tion, hos­pi­tal­ity, en­ter­tain­ment, bank­ing, ser vice, and se­cu­rity, as well as from fed­eral, state and lo­cal govern­ment agen­cies.

The Free­dom Award be­gan in 1996 and is ad­min­is­tered by Em­ployer Sup­port of the Guard and Re­serve. Only 265 em­ploy­ers have re­ceived the award out of nearly 20,000 nom­i­na­tions been re­ceived since 2011.

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