Posted on Jan 5, 2016
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I am currently on my second year of COADOS orders.
Several weeks ago, I was contacted my civilian boss with a picture of him receiving the ESGR "Patriot" award. Yesterday, I was forwarded a link from our agency internal website showing our Deputy Director (and my Boss' boss) receiving the Extraordinary Employer Support Award.

It was my boss' second award (I put him in during my 2004 deployment) and my agency's first (as far as I know...).

If you can in good conscience put your supervisor and/or employer in for an ESGR award, I highly recommend it. It takes minimal effort (the application is online, can be filled out in a few minutes, if you have all the relevant information handy). The ESGR folks take what they do seriously and WANT to give out the awards when they can.

It has no real status, it's basically the equivalent of a certificate of appreciation. That said, employers are not in the habit of receiving medals, and aren't worried about promotion points.... They get something to put on the wall and know that you thought enough of them to "put them in" for something. (they also seem to assume it's more work than it actually is.....)

Most importantly, they 1) feel appreciated - which means that they just might be a little more likely to go the extra mile for the next reservist with an issue and 2) they are a bit more likely to remember who the heck you are in a positive light.

http://www.esgr.mil/Employer-Awards/ESGR-Awards-Programs.aspx
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COL Jean (John) F. B.
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COL (Join to see) - As the recipient of almost every ESGR award, and an active member of the ESGR, I can tell you that recognizing employers is important and is a good thing. In addition to receiving many such awards, I have had the honor and pleasure to present awards, on behalf of the ESGR/DOD, to a great many employers. I can tell you that they appreciate it very much and, as a result, continue to support our military members.
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Capt Brandon Charters
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I really didn't know how this process worked until I attended the ESGR signing for Farmers Insurance. Michelle Titus & Lucas Buck have built a great team around the Farmers Family. I have a lot of respect for any organization that can achieve this milestone.
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Lucas Buck
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It's a great program and a great way to shed some light on the values of hiring Veterans. It's a great morale boost for companies as well... just simply brings everyone together to celebrate a cause we're all passionate about.
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TSgt Hvac
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After my deployment I did nominate my employer (Trane) for the awards. While I was deployed, they paid the difference for the pay which helped me for the 9 months and gave me an extra week of vacation when I returned to be with my family. I also had flags flown on aircraft as an appreciation to my coworkers which left them speechless. My District Manager really appreciated the small token of appreciation and it was my way to say Thank You for their support while I was gone for over 10 months.
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