Three Connecticut employers are semifinalists for a federal award commending workplaces that provide extraordinary support for workers serving in the National Guard and Reserve, according to a report Tuesday by a committee of the U.S. Department of Defense.
Bloomfield-based Cigna Corp., the Newington Police Department and Patriotek of Cromwell are the only Connecticut finalists, of 138 nationally, for the 2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The finalists were selected from 2,899 employers of Guard and Reserve members across the U.S. who were nominated for the award.
Finalists for the award will be announced next month by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a committee within the federal Department of Defense. Up to 15 employers will receive the award this summer during a ceremony in Washington D.C.
Employers named as semifinals assist National Guard and Reserve employees in various ways, such as: setting veteran hiring goals, establishing military employee liaisons, providing child care for deployed employees, arranging care package drives, granting additional leave for military employees and family members before and after deployments.
"Freedom Award semifinalists stand out for their extraordinary support and steadfast commitment to our nation's Citizen Warriors," Ronald G. Young, executive director of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, said in a prepared statement. "National Guard and Reserve members show tremendous resolve overseas and during times of domestic crises. Our nation owes a special debt of gratitude to employers enabling these brave men and women to serve."