GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn., Nov 11, 2009 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The Employer Support of Guard and Reserve (ESGR) awarded its Pro Patria award today to Dollar General Corporation. The award was presented as part of the company's Veterans Day ceremony at its Store Support Center.
"Dollar General is honored to receive this prestigious award," said Bob Ravener, Dollar General's chief people officer and US Navy veteran. "We recognize and appreciate the sacrifices our military service members make every day. The company considers it a duty and privilege to support our employees who risk their lives to defend our nation through service in the National Guard and Reserve."
The National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard conducts an awards program designed to recognize employers who support a strong National Guard and Reserve force. Employers qualify when they practice leadership and personnel policies that support employee participation in the Guard and Reserve. The Pro Patria award is presented annually to the one employer in each state or territory that has provided the most exceptional support of our national defense through leadership practices and personnel policies that support their National Guard and Reserve employees.
COL (Ret) Joe Thomas, ESGR State Chairman said, "With close to 4,000 Tennessee employers of Guard and Reserve members, the singular recognition of Dollar General with the Pro Patria is a significant statement to their great support of our Reservists. Since the onset of ESGR's partnership with Dollar General last May, we have found their patriotism to be apparent from top management throughout the organization."
About Dollar General Corporation
Dollar General is the largest discount retailer in the United States by number of stores with more than 8,700 neighborhood stores located in 35 states. Dollar General helps shoppers Save Time. Save Money. Every Day.(R) by offering quality private label and national branded items that are frequently used and replenished such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, basic apparel, house wares and seasonal items at everyday low prices in convenient neighborhood stores. Dollar General is among the largest retailers of top-quality products made by America's most trusted manufacturers such as Procter & Gamble, Kimberly Clark, Unilever, Kellogg's, General Mills, Nabisco, and Fruit of the Loom. The Company store support center is located in Goodlettsville, Tennessee. Dollar General's Web site can be reached at www.dollargeneral.com.
About the Employer Support of Guard and Reserve
The Department of Defense established the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) in 1972 to promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve component members and their civilian employers, and to assist in the resolution of conflicts arising from an employee's military commitment. Local members are volunteers and are more than willing to recognize community businesses for supporting their National Guard and Army Reserve employees while performing military duty.
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