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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

U.S. Congressman Austin Scott, of Tifton, who represent Georgia's Eight Congressional District, is asking for nominations for the 2014 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award.  

The Freedom Award is the Department of Defense's highest honor presented to civilian employers for exceptional support of their National Guard and Reserve employees.

Rep. Scott and ESGR encourages Guardsmen and Reservists, or family members acting on their behalf, to submit nominations at www.FreedomAward.mil by January 20, 2014.  

"I am very thankful for the great teamwork our community exhibits in our ongoing efforts to thank our servicemen and women through steadfast support," said Scott.  "Our civilian service personnel play a critical role in supporting our national security, and I encourage Guard and Reserve members to take this opportunity to nominate your civilian employers who have provided outstanding service to their employees."  

Each year since 1996, up to 15 deserving public, large, or small employers are selected as Freedom Award recipients and honored in Washington, D.C.

Previous recipients have gone above and beyond by continuing benefits and healthcare for deployed service members, providing home maintenance or childcare support and offering veteran hiring initiatives, among other examples of support.

Service members who have received exemplary employer support should submit their nominations for the Freedom Award today.  

 For questions or information on the Freedom Award, please contact Beth Sherman, ESGR Public Affairs, at 571-372-0705 or by email at OSD.ESGR-PA@mail.mil .