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06/15/17

Verizon supervisor honored by Department of Defense for patriotic support

  • Verizon supervisor honored by Department of Defense for patriotic support

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Franklin Bertrand, of Verizon was presented with a Patriot Award June 15 by John Colombo, a volunteer with California Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve in recognition of extraordinary support of her employee serving in the Guard and Reserve.

Bertrand was nominated for being highly supportive of U.S. Army Reserve employee, Sgt. Brad Nortune.

The Patriot Award was created by ESGR to publicly recognize individuals who provide outstanding patriotic support and cooperation to their employees, who like the citizen warriors before them, have answered their nation’s call to serve.

“Supportive employers like, Verizon, are vital to the success of our mission and the defense of this nation,” said James Combs, California ESGR state chair. “Our Guard and Reserve members could not perform their military duty without knowing their civilian employer supports them 100 percent.”

ESGR, a Department of Defense program, seeks to foster a culture in which all employers support and value the employment and military service of members of the National Guard and Reserve in the United States. For more information about ESGR outreach programs or volunteer opportunities, call (800) 336-4590 or visit www.ESGR.mil.

Pictured left to right: John Colombo, SGT Nortune and Franklin Bertrand


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