At a ceremony in Washington, D.C., on Friday, District Attorney George Brauchler and members of his office received the prestigious Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award.
Fifteen awards were presented by Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan. The 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office is the first prosecutor’s office to be honored in the 22-year history of the award.
This award is given annually to employers for their support of employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve. Nominees represent large and small employers from almost every industry, as well as from state and local governments. A national selection board comprised of senior Department of Defense officials and business leaders select the award recipient, who “have gone above and beyond federal requirements in support of their military employees.”
This year there were 3,064 nominations nationwide. Among the 30 finalists, nine public sector employers competed to win the award in that category.
An organization can win the award only one time.
“I am proud to have created the most veteran- and military-friendly office in government, and I thank the award committee for recognizing that,” Brauchler said. “We do all we can to ensure our office welcomes and encourages Guard and Reserve members in their service to our great nation.”
The nomination for the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office cited the office for going above and beyond the requirements of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) and providing exceptional benefits, compensation, leave practices, and support of all its active military members.