Thursday, March 17, 2011

Cookeville Employers Up For 'Freedom Award'

Four Cookeville employers have been nominated by at least one of their workers for offering support during the National Guard's recent deployments.  The local employers include the City of Cookeville Gas Department, Cookeville Regional Medical Center, Institutional Wholesale, and Walmart. They are now in the running for the 2011 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The Freedom Award is the Department of Defense’s highest recognition for employers showing exceptional support to their Guard and Reserve employees. The winners will be announced this summer in Washington.  The award is intended to recognize employers who support serving in the National Guard through initiatives such as continued benefits, differential pay and family assistance.