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CLANCY, Mont. – Chris Rehor with Montana City Grill and Saloon was presented with a Department of Defense Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Spouse Patriot Award. He was nominated for the award by his employee Mandy Sammons who is a veteran and the spouse of an active-duty Montana Army National Guard member. The award was presented by the Adjutant General for the State of Montana, Maj. Gen. Pete Hronek and Montana ESGR Vice Chair Tim Fox.

The Spouse Patriot Award was developed by ESGR, an office of the Department of Defense, to publicly recognize civilian employers who provides outstanding patriotic support and cooperation to the spouse of a Guard or Reserve member.

ESGR recognizes the special needs and sacrifices made by military spouses, as well as their employers. Similar to employers of Guard and Reserve Service members, employers of military spouses frequently go above and beyond in support of their employee and family. Though not required by law, many employers voluntarily assist 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’s spouse leaves to serve our country.

The nomination reads, “I am a veteran and my husband a full-time active-duty Guard member with the Montana Army National guard. Together, we have four children. Chris the owner of the Montana City Grill and Saloon, has allowed me to have flexible hours to ensure that our family life stays fluid as it can with one parent gone with moment’s notice from time to time. Our children are in many sports as well as attending school out of the district. Chris allows me to set my schedule in a way that is conducive to getting them where they need to go. In addition to allowing me this kind of flexibility with the kid’s school, sports, and other activities I have not been held back from promotions in the business. He has allowed me to progress in my job and become a manager to support the business, which is above and beyond what an owner is obligated to do. Especially as I have to make all my plans as if my spouse is not here.”

Along with my flexible schedule at work, we came to an agreement on salary as opposed to hourly so that my pay is not affected, and I can come and go as needed and still get all my work done as well as make sure the family is taken care of. I believe that Chris deserves this award as he consistently goes above and beyond what is required of a boss not just for me but for all his employees.”

Congratulations Chris Rehor for being a supportive civilian employer of our country’s Reserve component and their spouses. You provide a valuable service to our country by hiring Guard and Reserve members.

In addition, Rehor signed a Statement of Support certificate to be displayed at the Montana City Grill and Saloon. The Statement of Support program is the cornerstone of ESGR’s effort to gain and maintain employer support for the Guard and Reserve. The intent of the program is to increase employer support by encouraging employers to act as advocates for employee participation in the military.

ESGR is celebrating 50 years of working to foster a culture in which all employer support and value the employment and military service of members of the United States National Guard and Reserve. For more information about ESGR outreach programs visit www.ESGR.mil

Photo: Maj. Gen. Pete Hronek, center, congratulates Montana City Grill and Saloon owner Chris Rehor for being a supportive civilian employer of our country’s Reserve component and their spouses. Rohr received a Department of Defense Spouse Patriot Award with a nomination from his employee Mandy Sammons, second from left, who is a veteran and the spouse of an active-duty Montana Army National Guard member.

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