A Visit from the U.S. Department of Defense
To our great surprise, Brighton Recovery Center was recently visited by a representative of the U.S. Department of Defense to recognize the center for backing military employees.
Kay Hargis, of the ESGR, presented our Clinical Director, Joe Gorton, with the Patriot Award.
(Left to Right: Kay Hargis, Jonathan Saul, Joe Gorton, TSgt Haley B. Adams.)
“The Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) is a division of the U.S. Dept. of Defense. Our mission is to assist both employers and service members in promoting a harmonious relationship between the service members and their employers. ESGR has a program where the service members may nominate their employers for what we call the “Patriot Award” when the service member feels his employer has created an atmosphere of a harmonious relationship when the service member is called upon to serve their commitment to the military in defense of the freedoms we enjoy. At the present time 48% of the United States Military is vested in the National Guard and Reserve members. Of recent years a very large percentage of those members have been called upon to serve overseas for as many as 4 years. Without the support of their employers they would not be able to serve with the 100% commitment to the military defense of our country.”
Brighton Recovery’s rehab center in Utah has offered a Statement of Support for the Guard and Reserve. In doing so, Brighton recognizes, honors and complies with the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act. Brighton provides managers and supervisors with the tools they need to effectively manage such employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve. The rehab center also appreciates the leadership, values, and unique skills that service members bring to the center’s team. Brighton will continually recognize and support the U.S. service members and their families in peace, in crisis, and in war.