VIDEO: Employers Support of the Guard and Reserve Now Accepting Freedom Award Nominations

By  //  November 29, 2017

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ESGR encourages guardsmen and reservists, or family members acting on their behalf, to nominate worthy employers

ABOVE VIDEO: Out of more than 3,000 nominations, 15 recipients were chosen to receive the 2017 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The 15 Guard and Reserve nominators tell us what qualities their employers demonstrated while they were deployed. (EmployerSupport video)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve is accepting nominations for the 2017 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The Freedom Award is the Department of Defense’s top award for civilian employers who support their employees in the National Guard and Reserve.

ESGR encourages guardsmen and reservists, or family members acting on their behalf, to nominate employers by going to www.FreedomAward.mil by Dec. 31.

The nomination form takes about 10-15 minutes to complete.

The ESGR State Committees review nominations and submit recommendations to advance to the next round in each of the three categories: small employer, large employer, and public sector.

A national selection board comprised of senior Department of Defense officials, business leaders, and prior awardees select up to 15 employers to receive the Secretary’s prestigious award.

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Since the Freedom Award was instituted in 1996, 220 employers have been honored at annual ceremonies in Washington, DC.

The ceremony is currently held at the Pentagon, with the awards being presented by either the Secretary of Defense or Deputy Secretary of Defense.

As part of the annual recognition, the President also signs a proclamation for “National Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Week,” highlighting the sacrifices of our Guard and Reserve members and their families, and the outstanding support they receive from employers.

If you encounter any errors while submitting a nomination, contact osd.ESGRITSupport@mail.mil or call 1-800-336-4590 option 3.

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