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Peru State President Honored with Patriot Award


Patriot Award

(Peru, Neb.)Peru State College (PSC) President Dr. Dan Hanson was recently presented a Patriot Award by retired General Walter Zink III, chair of the Nebraska Committee for the Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), an agency of the Department of Defense. The honor recognizes Hanson’s support of an employee serving in the Nebraska Army National Guard.

Staff Sergeant Matt Jeffrey Meyers of Peru, a member of the Army National Guard 192nd Military Police Detachment unit in Nebraska City, nominated Hanson and his wife, Elaine, for their support of him and his family.

“To others, this may seem insignificant, but it is my opinion that the world would be a better place if we had more Dr. Dan and Elaine Hansons,” Meyers said. “These two remarkable human beings are always asking how my family and I are doing or if there is anything they can do for us due to my upcoming deployment. They aren’t just mouthing the words, but truly mean what they say.”

The Hansons also showed their support by attending a town hall meeting for the 192nd Military Police Detachment and expressing their support of the Meyers’ and all Guardsmen and their families.

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. Supportive supervisors are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s National Guard and Reserve units.

As the 1.3 million members of the National Guard and Reserve continue to perform an increasing number of unique missions within America’s borders and beyond, ESGR will continue to be the resource for the employers of citizen warriors. ESGR recognizes outstanding support, increases awareness of the law and resolves conflict through mediation. ESGR volunteers provide free education, consultation and if necessary mediation for employers of Guard and Reserve personnel. Contact Executive Director William Nelson at 402-309-7105 or for more information on ESGR Employer Outreach Programs and volunteer opportunities.