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Employer Support Freedom Award nominations being taken

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Published in News on January 9, 2012 1:46 PM

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Defense Department agency, is looking for National Guard and military Reserve members to nominate their supportive employers for the 2012 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award before the Jan. 16 deadline. The Freedom Award is the Defense Department's highest recognition for civilian employers supporting Guard and Reserve members. All employers are eligible to receive the honor. Guard and Reserve members, or a family member, may nominate their employers at www.Freedom Award.mil.

This year, ESGR's Freedom Award website provides additional guidance to make it easier and faster for Guardsmen and Reservists to submit information about their supportive employers. Suggestions include ways for a service member to best tell the story of their employer's support. Service members who have previously nominated their employers for the Freedom Award are encouraged to do so again. The Department of Defense recognizes nominees, semi-finalists and finalists each year, and all employers who have not received the award in the past ten years are eligible.

The 2012 recipients will be announced in early summer and honored in Washington, D.C. during a special ceremony in the fall. For information, visit www.FreedomAward.mil or contact Beth Sherman, ESGR Public Affairs, at (703) 696-1171, ext. 539, or by email at ESGR-PA@osd.mil.