Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve state committees selected 149 nominees for the 2018 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. A thorough vetting process, from the more than 2,350 nominations submitted by Guardsmen and Reservists, determined the semifinalists.
These semifinalists are from both large and small employers, as well as government organizations, representing numerous industries across the United States. ESGR received nominations for employers in all 50 states, Guam-CNMI, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia. An ESGR national review board will select and announce the 30 finalists by March 30.
History of the Freedom Award:
- The Freedom Award began in 1996 by Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve to draw attention to support from the employer community.
- To date, only 250 employers have received the award.
- More than 19,000 nominations received since 2011.
Vermont’s semifinalists are (employer category: employer name): Small Business: Rescue Inc; Public Sector: University of Vermont; Large Business: UVM Medical Center