Ft. Meade Veterans Administration honored for patriotic support of service member, employee

From left are pictured Spc. Keith Weyrich, Ft. Meade VA Facility Manager James Bradley, and ESGR volunteer Francie Ruebel-Alberts. Courtesy photo

FT. MEADE — South Dakota Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense (DoD) program, announced that a Facility Manager at the Ft. Meade VA was honored with a Patriot Award in recognition of extraordinary support of his service member employee. James Bradley was presented with Patriot Award recognition at a gathering of several employees and administrators.

The Patriot Award, created by ESGR, publicly recognizes 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. 

Bradley was nominated for being highly supportive of his employee, Spc. Keith Weyrick, a current member of 842nd Army National Guard unit and a 12-year member of the Guard.

Weyrich nominated Bradley because “he was very supportive when I have to miss time at work for Guards. He makes sure I do not get left out of training and looks positively on the Guard and what we do in our second career.”

When asked why he hires Guard personal, Bradley noted “their work ethic and their wealth of knowledge to get things done. Weyrich has worked at the VA for six months but brought so many skills and expertise to the job from his Guard training as well as life experiences that it is great to have him working at this site.” 

That support for military personnel was echoed by several other employees and supervisors that were part of the conversation. Employees at the Fort Meade VA totally support hiring military personnel. 

For more information about ESGR outreach programs, or ESGR volunteer opportunities, please call Capt. Chad Carlson at (605) 737-6540 or visit www.ESGR.mil.

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