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.

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