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MARSHALL, Minn. – Lindsey Larson, wife of Sgt. 1st Class Michael Larson of the Minnesota Army National Guard, is presenting the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Patriot Award to her supervisor, Brian Jones, Principal at the Marshall Public School. The award was given on Nov 28, 2023 at the Marshall Public School in recognition of Brian's and the school's support for her husband’s service to the Minnesota National Guard. Lindsey put her employer in for this award because of the support she has received from him and the school while her husband has been on numerous deployments.

Lindsey Larson stated, “that they have supported me in every way they possibly can while Mike is away and I cannot thank them enough for all they have done for me.” Also present was Clarence Swenson, an ESGR Minnesota Committee member.

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 51 years of excellence in support of the Guard and Reserve components and their civilian employers. For more information about ESGR outreach programs or volunteer opportunities, call (800) 336-4590 or visit

In addition to presenting the Patriot Award, Brian Jones of the Marshall Public Schools signed an Employer Support of Guard and Reserve Statement of Support, confirming that Marshall Public Schools joins other employers in pledging they fully recognize, honor and comply with the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA).

Award Photo Left to Right: Clarence Swenson, Brian Jones and Lindsey Larson.
Statement of Support Photo Left to Right: Clarence Swenson and Brian Jones.

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