June 3, 2008 - (Kansas City, Missouri) The Missouri Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), an agency of the Department of Defense, announced today DeAnn Wandler of Grantham University was honored with a Patriot Award in recognition of her extraordinary support of employees who serve in the Missouri National Guard and Reserve USAR.

According to Retired Brigadier General, Tracy Beckette, ESGR Missouri Chair, "The Patriot Award was created by ESGR to publicly recognize American Employers who provide outstanding patriotic support and cooperation to their employees, who like the Minute Men before them, have answered their nation's call to serve.  Supportive employers are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation's National Guard and Reserve units."

Grantham University employees join with thousands of American Employers who have reviewed their current human resources policies to ensure compliance with the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-Employment Rights Act Law (USERRA). Many employers provide "Above and Beyond" support with pay differential to offset the loss of wages, and extension of health care benefits which complement coverage provided by the military when their employees are mobilized.

Pictured above is DeAnn Wandler, former Marine, "We feel that it is important to support all of our employees. I am honored to be accepting the award. I do now and have always supported the Military men and women",

"We at Grantham University are fortunate to have such qualified people working with us."

As the 1.2 million members of the National Guard and Reserve continue to perform an increasing number of unique missions with America's borders and beyond, ESGR will continue to be the resource for the employers of America's new Minutemen.  ESGR provides education, consultation, and if necessary mediation for employers of Guard and Reserve employees.  More information about ESGR Employer Outreach Programs and volunteer opportunities is available at www.esgr.mil, or by calling 1-800-336-4590.

National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve
1555 Wilson Boulevard
Suite 200
Arlington, Virginia 22209