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On Saturday, March 19th at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro, NC, the Town of Huntersville was presented with the Above and Beyond Award from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Committee. Command Sergeant Major David Wright nominated the Town of Huntersville for this award. Mr. Wright has served in the US Army since 1984. He was deployed to Iraq on a National Police Transition Team to train Iraq Police in military tactics from 2007 to 2008. Mr. Wright works for the Parks and Recreation Department as a Turf and Irrigation Tech.  (Pictured at the right: Parks & Recreation Director Michael Jaycocks with Command Sgt Major David Wright)

The Above and Beyond Award is presented by ESGR State Committees to recognize employers at the local level who have gone above and beyond the legal requirements of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) by providing their Guard and Reserve employees additional, non-mandated benefits such as differential or full pay to offset lost wages, extended health benefits, and other similar benefits. The award is given in limited numbers by state committees to employers who have had at least one of their supervisors/managers recognized with a Patriot Award, and who have signed or agree to sign a statement of support (SoS). State committees are authorized maximum discretion in considering an Above and Beyond award (or other) for Patriot Award nominations of smaller firms, those with no individual supervisors specified, and other similar situations.
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