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SPOKANE, Wash. – Amanda Nelson, nurse manager for the referral coordination program, at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs was presented with a Patriot Award, by Jim Wynne, east area chair for the Washington Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, for her extraordinary support of her employee who serves in the Washington Air National Guard.

Nelson was nominated by Washington Air National Guardsman 1st Lt. Angela Brown who works at the Spokane Veterans Affairs Medical Center and is supervised by Nelson.  Nelson was nominated in part for her support given to Brown during the Covid-19 pandemic, which saw Brown deployed with just hours’ notice.

“Amanda Nelson is the most selfless person I’ve ever known. She unconditionally supports my military career by checking in with me on orders longer than a few days, ensuring that my pay is correct according to VA guaranteed military leave of 120 hours per year and offering any refresher training upon my return,” said Brown. “In May 2020, I was activated to work Covid orders at a prison for almost six months. I had only a few hours’ notice. This caused me to leave work early to pack my bags. She didn’t hesitate to support me and my spouse during that quickly changing time of the Covid-19 pandemic. She sacrificed her time to ensure that my concerns for military leave were met and continued to ensure that I had the peace of mind of being able to return to my civilian career after answering my nation’s call.”

The Patriot Award was created by ESGR to publicly recognize individuals who provide outstanding patriotic support and cooperation to their employees who have answered their nation’s call to serve,” said Wynne. “By valuing the military service of their Guard and Reserve employees, employers are directly supporting the readiness and retention of our All-Volunteer Force, and our national defense.”

“Supporting my staff who answer the call for our country feels like the least that I can do for the sacrifice they make for us to keep our country safe on so many levels,” said Nelson after being presented the Patriot Award.  “Whether it’s the “one weekend a month and two weeks a year” for training or for a longer deployment we are a safer place because of them.  They are serving our communities and I see it as my job to serve them in any way that I can.  I believe it truly takes a village and I am happy to do my small part to make it easier for them to do theirs. Hopefully, my support makes it easier for these amazing staff and I am truly blessed by the experience they gain and bring back to our team.”

“There are not enough words to say all the positive things that Amanda does for me,” Brown added about the support Nelson provides her in managing her civilian and military obligations.  “She is the leader I strive to be some day.”

ESGR is a Department of Defense office that develops and promotes supportive work environments for service members in the National Guard and Reserve through outreach, recognition, and educational opportunities that increase awareness of applicable laws. ESGR also provides assistance in resolving conflicts between Service members and their employers. This year, ESGR celebrates 50 years of excellence in support of the Reserve Components and their civilian employers. For more information about ESGR outreach programs or volunteer opportunities, call (800) 336-4590 or visit www.ESGR.mil/WA.

Pictured: Amanda Nelson (middle), nurse manager for the referral coordination program, at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs was presented with a Patriot Award, by Jim Wynne (far left), east area chair for the Washington Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, for her extraordinary support of her employee who serves in the Washington Air National Guard.  Nelson was nominated by Washington Air National Guardsman 1st Lt. Angela Brown (far right) who works at the Spokane Veterans Affairs

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