30 finalists selected from 3,064 nominations for 2017 Secretary of Defense Freedom Award
WASHINGTON (March 13) – Employers that support their military employees’ service make all the difference in the world. That support can include paying an employee the difference between their military and civilian pay during a deployment, or even offering a full salary for the duration. It can also be arranging for a US senator to be on hand for a farewell ceremony. Some companies show their commitment by targeting military for hiring, while others set up military affinity groups to learn how to better serve their military employees. Still others pitch in and simply make life easier for the families of deployed service members.
This year’s finalists for the Department of Defense’s highest employer award, the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, have done these things and more. The 30 finalists were selected from 3,064 nominations submitted by Guardsmen and Reservists. The group represents large and small employers from almost every industry, as well as from state and local governments. ESGR received nominations for employers in all 50 states, Guam-CNMI, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia.
Check out this year’s complete list of finalists at http://www.freedomaward.mil/media/press-releases/itemid/769/2017-freedom-award-finalists-named.
History of the Freedom Award
• The Freedom Award began in 1996 by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve to draw attention to support from the employer community.
• To date, only 235 employers have received the award.
• More than 17,000 nominations received since 2011.
For more information about the Freedom Award and this year’s recipients, visit www.FreedomAward.mil. To learn more about ESGR, visit www.ESGR.mil.