In a special ceremony on March 3, Kevin Spalding from the North Carolina Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense program, presented the “Patriot Award” to Major Larry Broome, Area Commander for The Salvation Army of Greater Charlotte.
The Patriot Award recognizes individual supervisors and bosses nominated by an employee serving in the National Guard or Reserve. The Award reflects 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 of needed.
Major Larry Broome, representing The Salvation Army of Greater Charlotte, was nominated by Staff Sergeant Henning, a dedicated employee of The Salvation Army and member of the United States Army Reserve.
“We are truly honored to receive this recognition, and we are thankful for all of our men and women who serve in our Armed Forces,” said Major Larry Broome. “For my wife and I, it’s personal, as we have a son in the military. The Salvation Army will always support our men and women in uniform.”
Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve was established in 1972 to develop and maintain employer support for Guard and Reserve service. ESGR advocates relevant initiatives, recognizes outstanding support, increases awareness of applicable laws, and resolves conflict between service members and employers. Paramount to ESGR's mission is encouraging employment of Guardsmen and Reservists who bring integrity, global perspective and proven leadership to the civilian workforce. More information regarding ESGR Outreach Programs, or ESGR volunteer opportunities, is available at www.ESGR.mil.