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Does your employer go above and beyond in support of a Guardsmen or Reservist? 

WASHINGTON – Do you have a story to tell about how exceptional your employer’s support is to Guard and Reserve service members?  If your employer goes above and beyond in their support for Guardsmen or Reservists, nominate them for the 2019 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award! 

Indiana Air National Guard Tech. Sgt. Jasmine Snyder’s employer looked after her home and pets during a lengthy deployment. U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Maj. Samuel Johnson’s employer provided two weeks of paid military leave annually and additional time off to travel to and from military training. Lt. Col. Kyson Johnson, U.S. Army Reserve, received morale calls, care packages and company updates from his employer while deployed.

These are stories from just a few of the employers who received the Department of Defense’s highest employer award – the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award.  Of the more than 2,000 organizations nominated by their Guard and Reserve employees, just 15 became recipients in 2018.  Nomination Season opens Oct. 1, and runs through Dec. 31.  For more information about the Freedom Award, or how to nominate your employer, visit

Nominations for the Freedom Award must come from a Guard or Reserve service member, or their family members, employed by the organization they are nominating.  Service members can nominate large and small employers from a broad cross-section of America, including health, transportation, hospitality, entertainment, banking, service, and security, as well as from federal, state and local government agencies.

History of the Freedom Award

·       The Freedom Award began in 1996 and is administered by Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.

·       The award recognizes outstanding employers and draws attention to support from the employer community.

·       Only 265 employers have received the award.

·       Nearly 20,000 nominations have been received since 2011.

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