ARLINGTON, Va. - The Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense agency, is accepting nominations for the 2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award.
The award is the nation's highest honor for civilian employers who support employees serving in the National Guard and Reserve. Nominations may be submitted by guardsmen, reservists or family members on their behalf at www.FreedomAward.mil through January 21.
Nearly 1 million Americans serve in the National Guard and Reserve, making up almost one-half of the nation's total military.
"Employers of every size and industry continue to go to extraordinary lengths to demonstrate their unwavering commitment to employees serving in the Guard and Reserve," said James G. Rebholz, national chair. "I urge all Guard and Reserve Service members who have benefited from their employer's support to nominate that employer for this most prestigious award. A Freedom Award nomination allows service members to acknowledge and thank their employer for the essential role they play in supporting their military career and in our nation's defense."
Each year, up to 15 of the nation's most supportive employers are selected as recipients and honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. Past Freedom Award recipients' supportive measures have included arranging childcare services for deployed employees, sponsoring trips to visit injured employees, and working longer hours to cover the shifts of employees at military training.