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COLUMBUS, Neb. – Center for Survivors executive director, Lia Grant, was recently presented with the Department of Defense Patriot Award by Chuck Sherer, a volunteer representing the Nebraska Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.

Grant was nominated for being highly supportive of her reserve component employee Sgt. Tlali Garcia, a member of the Nebraska Army National Guard.

“My director and all of my supervisors support me and my family anytime I am away for training,” said Garcia. “Not only is she supporting in my job aspect, but she has offered her support to allowing my co-worker, who is taking guardianship over my children, the flexibility of time off or family time so they can keep a normal schedule while we are on deployment She also continually checked in on me the past year, double checking to see if there was anything she could do to help.”

“The Patriot Award was created by ESGR to publicly recognize individuals who provide outstanding support and cooperation to their employees, who like the citizen warriors before them have answered their nation’s call to serve,” said Sherer in his presentation.  “Supportive supervisors are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s Guard and Reserve units, and it’s a pleasure for me to recognize Ms. Grant with this award.”

Following the award presentation, Grant, signed a Statement of Support on behalf of Center for Survivors, publicly acknowledging support for all National Guard and Reserve service members.

ESGR, a Department of Defense program, seeks to foster a culture in which all employers support and value the employment and military service of members of the National Guard and Reserve in the United States.  For more information about ESGR outreach programs or volunteer opportunities, visit

Pictured: (Left to Right) Director Lia Grant, ESGR Volunteer Chuck Sherer


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