SPOKANE, Wash. – For Reserve Component soldiers who straddle both the military world and civilian employment world, there is often a feeling that there is a need to conceal one’s military affiliation when applying for employment. However, employers who see such service as a benefit are not only following the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), but also access a disciplined and skill workforce who display leadership, responsibility and professionalism.
One such employer, Vice President, Service, Abbie McKee at Salesforce, received the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Patriot Award recently for the extraordinary support she provides her employee, Air Force Reserve Maj. Michael Gaspar, a service cloud account executive at Salesforce.
“After leaving active duty and joining the Air Force Reserve in 2015, I’ve often felt the need to hide my military affiliation,” said Gaspar. “From the moment I interviewed with Abbie I knew that would finally change. Abbie saw my military experiences as a missing asset and fresh point of view to her already high powered and high performing sales team.”
“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 Washington Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve East Area Chair Ty Corbett. “Supportive supervisors are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s Guard and Reserve units.”
The continued support from McKee allowed Gaspar to focus on his military duties without having to worry about whether his civilian job was at risk. “She ensured that I had the support I needed on every drill weekend and exercise to focus on my military duties, never expecting me to split my attention or pick my civilian duties in the midst of orders,” said Gasper.
“To say I am humbled and honored to receive the Patriot Employer Award, is an understatement,” said McKee. “Michael Gaspar’s training and continued commitment to our United States Military and Reserve was a big draw for me when he joined the team. His Military and Reserve training has taught him critical skills like how to think strategically in any given situation, visualizing desired outcomes while overcoming obstacles, and how to be resilient - which are skills he’s instilled in the broader team. These experiences and teachings are worth infinite value to myself, my team and our entire Company.”
ESGR is a Department of Defense program 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.
For more information about ESGR outreach programs or volunteer opportunities, call (800) 336-4590 or visit www.ESGR.mil/WA.
Pictured: Vice President, Service, Abbie McKee (pictured) at Salesforce, received the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Patriot Award recently for the extraordinary support she provides her employee, Air Force Reserve Maj. Michael Gaspar, a service cloud account executive at Salesforce.