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ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Drury Hotel in St. Paul received the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Seven Seals Award during a ceremony at the hotel Jan. 25.

Minnesota Army National Guard 1st Sgt. Dana Veen of the, Alpha Battery 125th Field Artillery, Task Force COVID Relief, recommended Drury Hotel for the award. 

Venn stated that the leadership team of Drury Hotel has gone well beyond normal customer service as they supported members of the Minnesota National Guard who were activated for Task Force COVID Response.  The entire Drury staff welcomed these members into their home as the Guard was asked to provide support to the out state nursing homes suffering staff shortages as a direct result of the COVID epidemic. 

The award was presented by Minnesota ESGR State Chair Tom Simonet to Trent Smith, Drury Hotels line manager.   

ESGR is a Department of Defense program which 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, call (800)  336-4590 or visit  

Photo from left to right: 1st Sgt. Dana Veen Minnesota Army National Guard; Drury Hotel Line Manager Trent Smith; and Minnesota ESGR State Chair Tom Simonet.  

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