Houston Receives Highest Award from ESGR
The tradition of citizen-soldier is one that dates back to the American Revolution. But for some members and families of the National Guard and military Reserve the transition from home to deployment and back home again can be difficult.
Service members can on occasion return to find their job has been eliminated, they have trouble gaining access to medical or educational service, or have other needs that go unmet.
Fortunately for area Veterans, the City of Houston has recently been named the 2012 Pro Patria Award Recipient for Texas, the highest award given to an employer by the Texas Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), an agency with the Department of Defense.
The ESGR was established by the DOD to gain and maintain employer support for reservists during an activation. They enforce laws guaranteeing military members’ jobs upon return, provide mediation in disputes between employers and service members, provide employer education regarding laws, and recognize those companies and municipalities that excel in supporting Reservists.
Mayor Annise Parker, upon being notified of the award, remarked "As a city government, we remain committed to go above and beyond the minimum federal requirements to support our military employees and their families. They play a key role in our continued success as a city, and we are deeply appreciative of their service to our citizens, city and country. We are honored to receive the ESGR's highest award in Texas."
The Texas ESGR Committee selects one large employer in the state each year as the Pro Patria recipient. It goes to the organization providing the most exceptional support of National Guardsmen and Reservists through employee personnel policies and practices.
The City of Houston will receive the award at a ceremony in Austin on Thursday, March 22.
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Do you know an employer who has demonstrated exceptional service toward employees who are members of the National Guard or Reserves?