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MIDLAND, Mich. – Congratulations to Dow Chemical for receiving the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Pro Patria award Dec. 14 for their extraordinary support of the Michigan Guard and Reserve.

Michigan ESGR State Committee Chair Gary Aten said, “The ESGR Pro Patria Award was created to publicly recognize U.S. employers providing extraordinary patriotic support and cooperation to their employees who have answered their nation’s call to serve. Supportive employers are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s Guard and Reserve units.” 

Annually, each ESGR state committee selects one small, large, and public sector employer in the state to honor with the Pro Patria award. Employers who have been honored with the Above and Beyond Award, who have had at least one supervisor or other representative honored with the Patriot Award, and who have signed a Statement of Support are eligible for the Pro Patria Award. To learn more about the award, visit 

Dow Chemical states in their press release, “In addition to adopting policies and benefits to support veterans, reservists and members of the National Guard, Dow also established a Veterans Employee Resource Group in 2015. Data has shown that when veterans join the private-sector workforce, the broad range of experiences they bring with them, is directly in line with the qualities and skillsets Dow is looking for in an employee. Dow’s Veterans Employee Resource Group is focused on providing veterans the resources they need to thrive in their roles at Dow. These resources include a Military Degree Equivalency program, a mentor matching program for new military hires and the establishment of two sub-resource groups designed to provide support for active reservists and members of the National Guard and spousal support.” 

For more information about ESGR Outreach Programs, or ESGR volunteer opportunities, please call 1-800-336-4590 or visit 

Pictured from left: Gary Aten, Michigan ESGR State Committee Chair; Scott Whelchel, Dow Chief Security Officer and a sponsor of Dow’s “VetNet” Veterans support group; and Howard Ungerleider, Dow President and Chief Financial Officer.

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