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REDMOND, Wash. – Executive Vice President Jason Zander of Microsoft accepted on-behalf of the company the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Extraordinary Employer Support Award from Washington ESGR State Chair Phil Sanders in a televised presentation broadcasted to all employees. 

The ESGR’s Extraordinary Employer Support Award was created to recognize sustained employer support of National Guard and Reserve service. Only prior recipients of the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award or the Pro Patria Award, who have demonstrated sustained support for three years after receiving one of those awards, are eligible for consideration at the committee level. 

This was the second Extraordinary Employer Support Award presented to Microsoft, with the first one presented in 2017, after Microsoft was awarded the Secretary of Defense Freedom Award in 2009.  The Secretary of Defense Freedom Award is the Department of Defense’s highest recognition of employers who support their employees that serve in the National Guard and Reserve Components.  

“For the second time, the Microsoft Corporation received the ESGR Extraordinary Employer Support Award for their continuing support of their National Guard and Reserve service members,” said Washington ESGR State Chair Phil Sanders.  “Microsoft continues to go beyond the USERRA requirements and provides 18 months of differential pay, full medical coverage and additional support for the family left behind.  The Microsoft Military Employee Resource Group has over 500 members consisting of Guard, Reserve, and Veterans that help new hires with any issue or concerns they may have.”

“In partnership with our Military Employee Resource Group – employees who are current and former military members, military spouses, family, and allies worldwide – I’m especially proud of how Microsoft supports our employees who answer the call for military service in the Guard and Reserve,” said Zander. 

The presentation can be viewed at  

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 

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