WASHINGTON - Army 1st Sgt. John Zagyva’s employer lobbied for changes in state
law to allow differential pay for deployed Guard and Reserve service
members. Tech. Sgt. Daniel Mills’ employer participates in Warrior Yoga
sessions with his military employees to address PTSD and other
service-related issues. Navy Lt. David Nelson’s employer refused to sell
American and Marine flags to a family gathering to honor their fallen
Marine son, and instead donated the flags, poles and flower baskets to
the grieving family.
These are stories from just a few of the
employers to receive the Department of Defense’s highest employer award –
the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award – in 2016. Of
2,424 organizations nominated by their Guard and Reserve employees, just
15 became recipients this year.
If your organization goes above
and beyond in its support for Guardsmen or Reservists, nominate it for
the 2017 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award! Nomination
season opens October 1 and runs through December 31. For more
information about the Freedom Award, or to nominate your employer, visit
Nominations for the Freedom Award must
come from a Guard or Reserve member employed by the organization they
are nominating, or from a family member. Each year, the nominated
organizations represent large and small employers from almost every
industry, including health, transportation, hospitality, entertainment,
banking, service and security, as well as from federal, state and local
History of the Freedom Award
- The Freedom Award began in 1996 and is overseen by Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.
- The award serves to recognize outstanding employers and draw attention to support from the employer community.
- Only 235 employers have received the award.
- More than 14,000 nominations have been received since 2011.
To learn more about ESGR, visit www.ESGR.mil.