Tri-Valley Transit Recognized by National Guard
The Vermont Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve (ESGR) Committee held its annual employer awards and recognition banquet in Jericho and formally recognized three staff and the Tri-Valley Transit (TVT) organization with multiple awards, including:
• Patriotic Employer Awards, recognizing Steve Suter, Bill Cunningham, and Lucian Pickett (posthumously) for “efforts made to support citizen warriors through a wide range of measures including flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families, or granting leaves of absence if needed.”
• Above and Beyond Award, recognizing “employers at the local level who have gone above and beyond the legal requirements of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act by providing their Guard and Reserve employees additional, non-mandated benefits.”
• A Vermont State Nomination for the prestigious Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, “the highest recognition given by the U.S. Government to employers for their outstanding support of employees serving in the Guard and Reserve.”
Tri-Valley Transit is proud to have a number of veterans, former military personnel, and National Guard members on staff, including TVT/Addison mechanic, John Montgomery, who submitted the nominations for his employer. John was activated for full time Guard duty almost a year ago to provide support at Camp Johnson in Colchester with his guard unit.
At that time, he knew it would take him away from work for an extended period. With pressures of added travel time, divided commitments, and less time to spend with his family, John was grateful to know TVT would support him while he was away from work. “We have been proud to have John’s back and are honored that he nominated us for recognition from ESGR,” said Bill Cunningham, TVT’s Addison Regional Director.
In signing a Statement of Support for Guard & reserve members, Jim Moulton said, “At TVT we strive to do right by all our staff, but it is especially important for us to support employees that are dedicating themselves to the service of our country. It is truly special to be thanked for simply doing what we feel is right. All the thanks should really be going to John and his fellow Guard and Reserve members that are ready to serve at a moment’s notice.”