Atlantic man to receive ESGR Patriot Award


January 18th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Cass County Veteran’s Affairs Director Mitch Holmes says a ceremony to be held Monday afternoon in Atlantic, will honor a local store manager, for helping support the National Guard and Reserves.

The “Patriot Award”.

Dale Breuer, store manager for the Atlantic Fareway, will receive the Patriot Award on Monday from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) organization. The presentation is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. at the store, located at 301 Poplar St.

The award will be presented by Jerry Hansen, ESGR Area 2 chairman and ombudsman. Breuer was nominated by Fareway employee Christopher Kinney, who also serves with the 1168th Transportation Company of the Iowa National Guard.

The Patriot Award recognizes employers for their outstanding support of National Guardsmen and Reservists through a wide-range of measures including flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families, and granting leaves of absence if needed.

The ESGR is a Department of Defense agency established in 1972 to develop and maintain employer support for Guard and Reserve service. It advocates relevant initiatives, recognizes outstanding support, increases awareness of applicable laws, and resolves conflict between service members and employers.