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Internal Revenue Services, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, Honored by Department of Defense for Patriotic Support

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense program, announced Tanya Rodriguez Acosta, Internal Revenue Services, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico was honored with a Patriot Award in recognition of an extraordinary support giving to a reservist who works under her supervision. The Internal Revenue Service’s provide America's taxpayers top quality service by helping them understand and meet their tax responsibilities and enforce the law with integrity and fairness to all.

The Patriot Award honors supervisors and managers for their exceptional support of National Guard and Reserve employees by presenting them with a public acknowledgement of their support, a framed certificate of appreciation and a lapel pin. Nominations must come from a National Guard and Reserve member or a family member.

Rodriguez Acota was nominated to this award by his employee Sgt. 1st Class Alvin Medina. Rodriguez stated, “It is an honor that one of my employees recognized me. I receive this award with respect for those men and women that give so much for this great nation”. Supportive supervisors are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s Guard and Reserve units.

The award ceremony took place at the IRS facilities, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, May 6 in front of an audience of about 20.

ESGR seeks to foster a culture in which all employers support and value the employment and military service of members of the National Guard and Reserve in the United States. ESGR facilitates and promotes a cooperative culture of employer support for National Guard and Reserve service by developing and advocating mutually beneficial initiatives, recognizing outstanding employer support, increasing awareness of applicable laws and policies, resolving potential conflicts between employers and their service members, and acting as the employers’ principal advocate within the Department of Defense. Paramount to ESGR's mission is encouraging employment of Guardsmen and Reservists who bring integrity, global perspective and proven leadership to the civilian workforce.

For more information about ESGR outreach programs or volunteer opportunities, call 1-800-336-4590 or visit