HORSHAM, Pa. – Pennsylvania Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense program, announced that the AmerisourceBergen is a Pennsylvania state finalist for the 2021 Secretary of Defense Freedom Award.
The state finalists include small, large private and public sector employers, nominated by a National Guard or Reserve employee in their organization. ESGR received 2,623 nominations for this prestigious award for employers throughout the 50 states, Guam-CNMI, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and District of Columbia.
The Employer Support Freedom Award is the highest recognition given by the Department of Defense to employers for their exceptional support of National Guard and Reserve members. On behalf of the Secretary of Defense, ESGR runs the annual award program, which has presented the honor to only 295 employers since 1996.
The Department of Defense will announce the 15 employers selected to receive the 2021 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award by mid-June.
Marine Corps Reservist Maj. Jeffery Buck nominated AmerisourceBergen for the Freedom Award for their outstanding support of his military career. In his nomination, Buck stated in part: “Each November, AmerisourcBergen (ABC) highlights the important people that make up our military community at ABC. This year’s ‘hire a hero’ campaign highlighted a veteran each week in November on our intranet site and thanked them for all they’ve done for our freedom and for all they continue to do at ABC. Additionally, a ‘hire a hero’ web-based training was delivered to all associates. The focus was to educate all who joined on the importance of hiring from the military.”
The nomination of the AmerisourceBergen for the Freedom Award is highly endorsed by State ESGR Chair Marty Kuhar who stated: “AmerisourceBergen Company (ABC) has demonstrated consistent outstanding support for their employees serving in the Reserve Components by receiving four ESGR awards over the last ten years. In addition, they received three separate nominations for the Freedom Award this year! ABC provides strong support and recognition for their military employees with regular recognition in the workplace, their Veterans Day panel discussions highlighting the military service and its benefits to civilian workplace, and extensive recognition on their company intranet and social media platforms. ABC has a Veterans in Action (VIA) peer support group led by the company CIO that provides support and recognition to all who serve and have served in the military. ABC regularly sends care packages to their works who are away on training and deployments. They stay in regular contact with the service member and their families during these times as well. Local front line supervisors and the company’s VIA group spearhead these efforts. ABC actively recruits members of the Guard and Reserve. Their Talent Acquisition Team has made military recruiting a company priority as they fully realize that military training and experience result in superior employees! They understand and support “ESGR Ten Top Reasons to hire Guard and Reserve!” ABC provides for ten days of FULLY PAID military leave! They also extend company benefits as requested by their employee in the event of a long duration mobilization. The ABC Foundation in conjunction with ABC’s Veterans In Action group, supports numerous military charities, including funding a scholarship with the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation and funding for Canines for Patriots.”
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 www.ESGR.mil/PA. Information about the 2021 Freedom Award can be found at https://www.freedomaward.mil/