FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 17, 2017 1:00 p.m. CDT
Contact Jason Hogue, Peru State College Marketing and Communications, 402.872.2429
Dr. Dan Hanson, the President of Peru State College, received the Patriot Award this January from Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, or ESGR. Dr. Hanson was nominated by Keri Bensheimer, an Admissions Representative at Peru State College and a member of the Nebraska National Guard.
The Patriot Award is given to supervisors who have been nominated by an employee who is currently serving or who has served in the National Guard or Reserve, or who is the spouse of a Guard or Reserve member.
The Patriot Award reflects the efforts made by a supervisor to support citizen warriors by permitting flexible schedules, time off before and after deployment, and caring for families of the National Guard or Reserve member.
Bensheimer wrote in her application, “Peru State College is an institution based upon education, and they practice what they preach. On several occasions, I have been given opportunities to expand on my military education and, without a second thought, have been encouraged to be gone for weeks at a time to attend schools.”
The ESGR is a Department of Defense program whose main goal is to encourage employers to support National Guard and Reserve members. According to ESGR’s missions statement, they promote supportive work environments “through outreach, recognition, and educational opportunities that increase awareness of applicable laws, and resolves employment conflicts between the Service members and their employers.”
Many volunteers support the ESGR because cooperation and support are available for everyone involved and affected by members of the National Guard and Reserve and their obligations as soldiers.
Peru State College has previously been recognized by ESGR with a Patriot Award and has signed a Statement of Support for the Guard and Reserve. The College was also named a 2017 Military Friendly College by Victory Media.