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Vets4Warriors Recognized by Department of Defense for Its Support of Military Employees

Brig. Gen. Jose R. Burgos, deputy commanding general, U.S. Army Reserve’s 99th Regional Support Command; Don Tretola, State Chair NJ ESGR; Lloyd Deans and Fatima Aguilar, Vets4Warriors Credits: Vets4Warriors

Vets4Warriors — a 24/7, confidential, stigma-free peer support program for service members, veterans and their families operated by Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care in Piscataway, N.J. — received the Pro Patria Award from the New Jersey Committee of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) during a recent ceremony in Hamilton, N.J.

The Pro Patria Award is the highest recognition given by the U.S. government to an employer who demonstrates exceptional support for national defense by adopting personnel policies that make it easier for employees to participate in the National Guard and Reserve.

“Military members and veterans bring unique skills, discipline and all the values that any other organization and company is looking for in their most valued employees,” says Major General (retired) Mark Graham, Vets4Warriors senior director. “Vets4Warriors is honored to be selected as a recipient of the Pro Patria Award. It is meaningful to be recognized by an organization that does so much for so many to connect our employers and our great military men and women who serve in the National Guard and Reserve in New Jersey and across the country.”

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ESGR’s Pro Patria Award is presented annually by each ESGR State Committee to one small, one large and one public sector employer in their state or territory. The recognition program is led by the ESGR, an organization under the U.S. Department of Defense. ESGR was established in 1972 to promote cooperation and understanding between employers and its civilian employees regarding an employee’s military commitment.

“Hiring soldiers is a win-win — companies benefit by gaining the skills and experience of our reserve-component soldiers, while the Army can improve the skill sets and overall readiness of its soldiers, leaders and units,” says Brig. Gen. Jose R. Burgos, deputy commanding general for the U.S. Army Reserve’s 99th Regional Support Command, who served as the ceremony’s keynote speaker.

Last year, ESGR awarded Vets4Warriors a certificate of recognition as an employer that supports veterans. Another Rutgers University entity — the School of Nursing–Camden — received a certificate of recognition as an employer that supports veterans this year.

Service members and their families can reach Vets4Warriors by calling 855-838-8255.

About Vets4Warriors
Vets4Warriors is a national nonprofit, based at Rutgers University, that provides a live, 24/7 peer support network that any veteran, service member, caregiver or family member can contact for confidential conversations and trusted solutions to physical, mental or social challenges, before those challenges turn into crises. Learn more at


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