104th Member Thanks His Employer
By Mr. Bill Hebert, Mass. ESGR
/ Published April 04, 2009
BARNES AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Massachusetts -- The Employer Support of Guard and Reserve Committee (ESGR) works to improve relationships between businesses who employ members of the Guard and Reserve and the reservists. One way they do this is through recognizing businesses who go above and beyond to support their employees who also serve the country through uniformed service.
Early this year, Farm Credit Financial Partners, Inc. of Agawam, Mass. received the prestigious 'Above and Beyond' Award from the Mass. ESGR Committee during a ceremony in front of approximately 50 company management personnel. Mr. Earl Bonett, Mass. ESGR Western Mass. Area Chair and Ombudsman Director, along with Mr. Bill Hebert, Mass. ESGR member, presented the award to Mr. Thomas J. Moran, the President & CEO of Financial Partners Inc. and Ms. Claude Waterman, Vice President for Human Resources.
Financial Partners, Inc. provides outstanding support to its employees who also are members of the National Guard and Reserve Forces. The company provides a differential pay for mobilized reservists, continuation of all benefits and numerous other support systems for their military personnel and their families, many of which are not required by law.
Victor Rolon, a Staff Sgt. with the 104th Fighter Wing in Westfield, MA, nominated his employer for the ESGR award to recognize their outstanding support during a recent deployment.
"I was only married a short time when I received orders to deploy," Staff Sgt. Rolon said. "The solid support my family and I received during that period made it much less of a burden." He received numerous "care packages" while away and company employees consistently offered assistance to his wife to help her accomplish her responsibilities