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NEW PARIS, Pa. – Marty Kuhar, Pennsylvania Chair of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense program, announced today that the Harry Zeznanski family was honored with an award in recognition of their extraordinary support of former Mountain Area Chair and Ombudsman Zeznanski.  For the award presentation, Kuhar was accompanied by William Richards who is the new Mountain Area Chair and Ombudsman. 

According to Kuhar, Zeznanski demonstrated exceptional leadership and made many contributions to the ESGR mission and service members’ rights.  Kuhar said: “It's an honor to present this Family Support glass plaque to Harry's wife Cathy and members of her family.  They gave full support to Harry through a successful military career including combat tours in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan); and during his long tenure as an ESGR Volunteer where he excelled as an Area Chair and Ombudsman.  His performance was a role model for all of us.”  Nine Zeznanski family members were in attendance for the presentation, including his wife, son Eric, daughters Samantha Smeltzer/Julie Crist and families.

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

Photo (courtesy of Zeznanski family) from left to right: First row, Izzy Crist, Odin Zeznanski; Back row; Jason Crist, Julie Crist, Eric Zeznanski, Cathy Zeznanski, Samantha Smeltzer, Alex Crist, Lauren Zeznanski.

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