Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Inquirer Daily News

Supporting our troops

Veterans Day has come and gone, but the tribulations of soldiers and their families continue. I didn't know this, but 48 percent of our available military power are in National Guard and Reserve forces. Unlike other members of the military who join the Army, or the Air Force, these men and women work in regular civilian jobs until they are called to serve. For them and their families, the support of their employers is crucial.

Supporting our troops

Veterans Day has come and gone, but the tribulations of soldiers and their families continue. I didn't know this, but 48 percent of our available military power are in National Guard and Reserve forces. Unlike other members of the military who join the Army, or the Air Force, these men and women work in regular civilian jobs until they are called to serve. For them and their families, the support of their employers is crucial.

From now until Jan 18, the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, an agency affiliated with the U.S. Department of Defense, is accepting nominations for the Freedom Award, given to companies that best support their employees in the National Guard and Reserve. The best employers provide full salary, continuation of benefits, care packages and family assistance to employees fulfilling their military obligations.

Nominations must come from National Guard and Reserve families and their members. Click here for a nomination form and an explanation of the award.

About this blog

Jobbing covers the workplace – employment, unemployment, management, unions, legal issues, labor economics, benefits, work-life balance, workforce development, trends and profiles.

Jane M. Von Bergen writes about workplace issues for the Inquirer.

Married to a photographer she met at her college newspaper, Von Bergen has been a reporter since fourth grade, covering education, government, retailing, courts, marketing and business. “I love the specific detail that tells the story,” she says.

Reach Jane M. at jvonbergen@phillynews.com.

Jane M. Von Bergen Inquirer Staff Writer
Topics: