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Jeff Howerter, Frontier Home Medical, Cozad, was surprised Thursday, March 1st, with a Patriotic Employer Award.  He was presented the award by Ms. Vicki VonLoh, a Nebraska Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve committee volunteer.  The award was in recognition of outstanding support to his employee’s spouse serving in the Guard and Reserve.
He was nominated for being highly supportive of his employee Carrie VanCura, whose husband Nic, was deployed to Guantanamo Bay as a member of the 402d Military Police Battalion, Nebraska Army National Guard.  Sgt. VanCura returned from deployment just this past week and was able to attend the ceremony as well.
In her nomination, Carrie wrote “Jeff Howerter and the whole team at Frontier Home Medical were amazing working with our family not only during my husband’s deployment but also very flexible and supportive in our preparation for Nic's 10 month tour. Jeff was constantly checking in as well as a helping hand in any obstacle outside of work.  Frontier organized t-shirts to be made to honor Red Friday and also showing support for Nic, his unit, and our family.”
“The Patriot Award was created by ESGR to publicly recognize individuals who provide outstanding patriotic support and cooperation to their employees, who like the citizen warriors before them have answered their nation’s call to serve,” said VonLoh in her presentation.  “Supportive supervisors are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s Guard and Reserve units, and it’s a pleasure for me to recognize Jeff and the entire staff of Frontier Home Medical with this award.”
Jeff Howerter also signed an ESGR Statement of Support for all Frontier Home Medical locations publicly acknowledging their support for all Guard and Reserve service members.
ESGR, a Department of Defense program, seeks to foster a culture in which all employers support and value the employment and military service of members of the National Guard and Reserve in the United States. For more information about ESGR outreach programs or volunteer opportunities, call (800) 336-4590 or visit www.ESGR.mil.