Department of Defense Patriot Award

by Mary Ellen Eagan

I was completely stunned this afternoon at our weekly Thursday staff meeting to have a special guest speaker from the Department of Defense’s Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, who presented me with a Patriot Award, which recognizes “the efforts made to support Citizen Warriors through a wide-range of measures including flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families, and granting leaves of absence, if needed.”

The nomination was made by Kurt Hellauer, who returned early this summer from a 10-month deployment to the Middle East. Hopefully, he’ll blog about his experiences at some point, but for now, I am just happy to report that he is back safe and sound and fully engaged in our practice again. Welcome home, Kurt, and thanks again for your service!

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