The spouse of a Reservist or Guardsman is also eligible to nominate their boss for the Patriot Award. The supervisor of a military spouse has no legal obligation to provide unique support, but many employers voluntarily offer assistance to Guard and Reserve spouses who often share the challenges of military service. Childcare, managing the household, and work schedules often have to be adjusted when one spouse leaves to serve our country. Keep in mind, this is not an employer-wide award, but rather one that recognizes supervisors and bosses.
Robyn Gellerup, a Wisconsin mother of three, works as an office manager for R&R Construction/Quality Concrete in the company showroom. The wife of a National Guardsman, Robyn nominated her boss online. “While my husband was deployed both times, Rod and Becky Cook took care of us like we are part of their family from mowing our lawn, plowing snow from our driveway, to performing maintenance on our vehicles and home. It gave my husband peace of mind knowing that if something went wrong I could just pick up the phone and they’d be there,” praised Robyn.
Every supervisor(s) nominated will receive a Patriot Award certificate and accompanying lapel pin. Your ESGR State Committee can help you arrange the presentation of the award to your supervisor or you can choose to have the certificate mailed to your home so you can present it on your own. The average turnaround time for the Patriot Award to reach the address provided is 45 days from the date of submission.
Spouses: Nominate your supervisor for the Patriot Award