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    Rutledge Receives Patriot Award from Arkansas Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve

    June 23, 2015

    LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today was presented with the Patriot Award by the Arkansas Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a U.S. Department of Defense agency. The award is given in recognition of Rutledge’s extraordinary support of employees serving in the National Guard and Reserve.

    “I am honored and humbled to receive the Patriot Award from the Arkansas Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Our military servicemen and servicewomen bring a great skill set and proven leadership to any workplace. I am grateful for the members of our armed forces who have chosen to spend their days serving the people of Arkansas in uniform and at the Attorney General’s Office.”

    “The Patriot Award was created by the Arkansas Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve to publicly recognize individuals who provide outstanding patriotic support and cooperation to their employees, who like the citizen warriors before them, have answered their nation’s call to serve,” said Rich Green, Arkansas ESGR. “Attorney General Rutledge was nominated for being highly supportive of the National Guard and Reserve by her Reserve Component employee, Colonel Marcus Hatley. Colonel Hatley has served in many demanding positions in the Reserve Forces. Supportive supervisors are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s Guard and Reserve units.”

    In April, Rutledge launched the first ever Military and Veterans Affairs Initiative at the Attorney General’s Office. This initiative seeks to assist active duty military, reservists, veterans and their families with consumer related issues, veterans courts, the Hiring Heroes program and many other collaborative efforts.

    Also in April, Rutledge signed the Department of Defense Statement of Support certifying her commitment to the National Guard and Reserve and all those who serve in our Reserve Forces. The statement encourages the employment of Guardsman and Reservists across the State and in the Attorney General’s Office.

    The ESGR was started in 1972 to develop and maintain employer support for Guard and Reserve service. Paramount to ESGR's mission is encouraging employment of guardsmen and reservists who bring integrity, global perspective and proven leadership to the civilian workforce. For more information about ESGR Employer Outreach, visit

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