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TACOMA, Wash. – Abby Witherspoon, supervisor at Kaiser Permanente Washington, received the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Patriot Award recently for the extraordinary support she provides her employee Army Reserve Capt. Riley Bushman. The award was presented in a virtual ceremony by Washington Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Committee Area Chair Susan Coulter.

 “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,” Coulter. “Supportive supervisors are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s Guard and Reserve units.”

“Abby is an amazing manager,” said Bushman. “She has always been over the top supportive of everything that I have done in the Army.”

“National Guard and Reserve members bring tremendous skills and capabilities to our workforce, and employer support for their military service is critical to maintaining the strength of our Guard and Reserve units,” said Coulter. “By valuing the military service of their Guard and Reserve employees, employers are directly supporting the readiness and retention of our All-Volunteer Force, and our national defense.”

“Every time I have drill, she asks me how it went,” said Bushman. “She is always asking me about what I am doing in the Army and she is always offering to help in any way she can. She gives me time off when I need it. She has been immensely helpful in preparing for my mobilization.  I get text messages from here all the time asking how I am doing and if I need anything. I have never once had to worry about my job or position because of Army obligations.”

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: Abby Witherspoon (left), supervisor at Kaiser Permanente Washington, received the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Patriot Award recently for the extraordinary support she provides her employee Army Reserve Capt. Riley Bushman (right). The award was presented in a virtual ceremony by Washington Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Committee Area Chair Susan Coulter.

 

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