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AUBURN, Wash. – When Service members in the National Guard or the Reserves are activated, the impact of their leaving is not only felt on the Service member’s employment, but also on their spouses. Spouses find themselves not only dealing with stress and worry when their loved ones are deployed, but also having to take sole responsibility for keeping things together at home. Supportive employers who recognize the impact that deployments have on the non-serving spouses help to relieve stress of both the servicemembers and their spouse. 

Mr. Bryant Claudon, sales manager for Valley Buick GMC in Auburn, Washington, was presented with a Patriot Award in recognition of his extraordinary support of an employee whose spouse serves in the Washington Army National Guard. Claudon was nominated by Seth Adams, spouse of Washington Army National Guardsman Officer Candidate Chastity Adams for Claudon’s support of his family’s military service.

“The Patriot Award was created by ESGR to publicly recognize individuals who provide outstanding patriotic support and cooperation to their employees, whose families have answered their nation’s call to serve,” said Larry Kirchner, an Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve military outreach representative who arraigned the remote presentation. “Supportive supervisors are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s Guard and Reserve units.”

Adams expressed his appreciation for the support and accommodation provided by Claudon and fellow co-workers. “Mr. Claudon and Valley Buick GMC have always been very accommodating and flexible when it comes to scheduling around military commitments, to include moving schedules around to to make it easier on us while my wife is away for extended periods of time.”

ESGR, a Department of Defense program, 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. For more information about ESGR outreach programs or volunteer opportunities, call (800) 336-4590 or visit

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