JACKSON, Miss.—On Friday the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Annual Awards Luncheon was held to spotlight employers in the state that have gone above and beyond to help guard and reserve men and women.
The committee was created by Presidential Executive order in 1972 to help promote understanding and cooperation between men and women in the reserve forces and their civilian employers.
The annual banquet on Friday spotlighted those companies that have shown that character.
“These men and women have been able to go forward and fight our wars and then return to their jobs, “ said Major General Augustus L. Collins.
Some of the companies even kept the family’s finances stable.
“You’ll find some of the employers who actually continue to pay the employees while they’re away at war serving,” he said.
Several members News Mississippi spoke with said their employers actually took a major role in helping their family’s while they were away.
“They went above and beyond while I was overseas to take care of me and my family,” said Chaplain CPT John Branning who was the keynote speaker.
His employer, Crystal Springs United Methodist Church, received one of the top awards.
“My wife was expected our third baby while I was away and they drove her to the hospital so she could deliver it and even hooked up Skype so I could watch.”
The full list of companies are below.
Ergon, Inc., Flowood
South Mississippi Electric Power Association, Hattiesburg
Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, Pascagoula
Nissan North America, Canton
Mississippi State Board of Barber Examiners, Jackson
Coffeeville High School, Coffeeville
Squeler’s BBQ, Meridian
Shelley’s Electrical Service, In., Sebastopol
Ocean Springs Police Department, Ocean Springs
Deloitte Consulting, LLP, Hattiesburg
Domino’s Pizza, Bay St. Louis
R&F Comfort Systems, Starkville
Gray-Daniels Nissa, Brandon
Verizon Wireless, Natchez
Masonite Corporation, Laurel
District Attorney Joel Smith, Gulfport
Access Health, Tupelo
Domino’s Pizza, Picayune