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The Department of Defense has announced the 2008 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award recipients. The Freedom Award is the highest recognition given to employers for their support of their employees who also serve in the National Guard and Reserve.

Pentagon Honors Exceptional Employers

WASHINGTON, Sept. 19, 2008 - Fifteen employers accepted a Defense Department award last night for their exceptional financial and emotional support of National Guard and Reserve members on their payrolls. Story

Fire Department Takes Care of Military Employees

WASHINGTON, Sept. 17, 2008 - Serving in the Marine Corps Reserve while working for the Jersey City Fire Department, Leonard DiStaso said, he always felt the department supported him in his military service. Story

State Farm Supports Guard, Reserve

WASHINGTON, Sept. 8, 2008 – State Farm's slogan, "Like a Good Neighbor, State Farm is there," applies to the company's National Guard and Reserve employees as well. Story

Power Company Does ‘Whatever It Takes’
For Military Employees

WASHINGTON, Sept. 5, 2008 – Dominion Resources has a simple philosophy when it comes to supporting its employees who serve part-time in the military: “Whatever it takes, for as long as it takes.” Story

Chrysler Earns Top Employer-Support Award

WASHINGTON, Sept. 3, 2008 - Defense officials have chosen Chrysler to receive the department's top employer-support award for providing exceptional financial and emotional support to its employees who deploy as National Guard or reserve members. Story

Law Firm Supports Guard, Reserve Members

Because they are military veterans and have a unique understanding of the sacrifices servicemembers make, some of the top leaders of the law firm Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge and Rice have created a military-friendly work environment that supports not only veterans, but also employees who serve in the National Guard or Reserve. Story

Partnership Yields Benefits for Guard

WASHINGTON, Aug. 22, 2008 – The Regional Emergency Medical Service Authority, with headquarters in Reno, Nev., excels at supporting its employees who serve in the military. Story

Union Pacific Builds on Military Heritage

WASHINGTON, Aug. 19, 2008 – Union Pacific's support efforts for military employees ranges from company policy for pay and benefits to care packages. For its efforts, the company is being awarded the 2008 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. Story

Hawaii Company Supports Military Workers

WASHINGTON, Aug. 18, 2008 – Because it always has been a family-owned and -operated business, it's no surprise that Coastal Windows, a small Hawaii company, knows how to take care of its employees. Story

Company Focus on Families Supports Military

WASHINGTON, Aug. 13, 2008 – A transport company in Salinas, Utah, has received the 2008 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award for its support of its National Guard and Reserve employees. Story

Native American Tribe Supports Troops, Families

WASHINGTON, Aug. 11, 2008 – Native American Tribe Supports Troops, Families During World War I, the Choctaw Nation began a long tradition of service to the country when a group of Choctaws volunteered as "code talkers," sending messages for the military in a code derived from their own language to confuse German spies. Story

ESGR Freedom Award Nominations Nearly Double

WASHINGTON, April 17, 2008 – When the nomination period closed this year, the National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve had received a record 2,199 nominations. Story