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CHESTER, Pa. – Pennsylvania Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense program, announced that Ana Rios of Chester County Domestic Relations recently received a Patriot Award in recognition of extraordinary support of employees serving in the Pennsylvania Guard and Reserve. Because of the current COVID-19 virus epidemic, the award was mailed directly to Rios.

According to Southeast Area Chair and State Chair Emeritus Wes Craig, “the Patriot Award was created by ESGR to publicly recognize individuals who provide outstanding patriotic support and cooperation to their employees, who like the citizen warriors before them, have answered their nation’s call to serve.” Pennsylvania Army National Guard Spc. Eddie Diaz nominated Rios for the Patriot Award for being highly supportive of his Army National Guard career.

In nominating Rios for the Patriot Award, Diaz stated: “My employer was very understanding and supportive during operation “Protect Pennsylvania.” Our office was set to open June 1, 20202 after being closed to the public due to COVID-19. With less than 24 hours’ notice prior to returning to work, my employer arranged everything with my schedule and caseload so that I could attend this mission the week our office was set to open. My supervisors found coverage for me, took care of my caseload, and would reach out during mission to check in on my well-being.”

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. 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 DoD. 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 ESGR volunteer opportunities, please call 1-800-336-4590 or visit

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