Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense agency, is now accepting nominations for the 2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award.
The Freedom Award is the nation's highest award for civilian employers that support their employees serving in the National Guard and Reserve. Each year, up to 15 employers are selected as recipients and honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.
Past Freedom Award recipients' supportive measures have included arranging childcare services for deployed employees, sponsoring trips to visit injured employees, and working longer hours to cover the shifts of employees at military training. Nominations may be submitted by guardsmen, reservists, or family members acting on their behalf at www.FreedomAward.mil through Jan. 21.