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TMF Named as Finalist for Department of Defense 2019 Employer Support Freedom Award

Travis Manion Foundation (TMF) has been named as one of 30 finalists for the 2019 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, as announced by Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) last week. The finalists represent large and small employers, as well as public sector organizations. ESGR received 2,415 nominations for this prestigious award for employers throughout 50 states, Guam-CNMI, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia.

The Employer Support Freedom Award is the highest recognition given by the Department of Defense to employers for their exceptional support of National Guard and Reserve members. On behalf of the Secretary of Defense, ESGR runs the annual award program, which has presented the honor to only 265 employers since 1996.

45337969544 a34dc0c584 k2The 15 employers selected to receive the 2019 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award will be announced by mid-June. Other nominees include: Barclays, Chevron, NBA Franchise the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores, the Houston Police Department, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, and more. The complete list of nominees can be found at and

 “We are honored to be nominated for the prestigious 2019 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, along with so many other well deserving organizations. With nearly 2,500 nominations nationwide, it’s a testament to those employers who value our National Guard and Reserve members in such high regard, giving them the support needed to follow their commitment of protecting our freedom, which will never be taken for granted.”  


About ESGR

ESGR is a Department of Defense program that develops and promotes supportive work environments for Service members in the Reserve Components through outreach, recognition, and educational opportunities that increase awareness of applicable laws. It also provides assistance in resolving conflicts between Service members and their employers.

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