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Veterans Home Care Honored by the Department of Defense’s ESGR Program

Some of the recipients of the Department of Defense’s MO ESGR Program’s Above and Beyond Award honored August 25 in Jefferson City, Missouri were: BJC Healthcare, City of Waynesville, Owens-Corning, Twin Peaks, Rockwood School District, World Wide Technology, and Veterans Home Care.

Some of the recipients of the Department of Defense’s MO ESGR Program’s Above and Beyond Award honored August 25 in Jefferson City, Missouri were: BJC Healthcare, City of Waynesville, Owens-Corning, Twin Peaks, Rockwood School District, World Wide Technology, and Veterans Home Care.

 

 

As Hurricane Harvey hit Texas on August 25, I had no idea how many National Guard and Reserve troops would be soon called into action to save lives and property. Yet that same night, these military heroes were on my mind as I sat among many of them at the 2017 Missouri Employer Support of the National Guard and Reserves Awards Dinner in Jefferson City. It was an incredible honor to receive the Above and Beyond Award, from the US Department of Defense’s ESGR program. The most touching moment was watching World War II heroes interact with young, military-minded teenage cadets who served as the color guard.

The World War II Missouri veterans were: Jim Shipley and his wife Mildred from Tipton, Bill McAney and his wife Linda from Jefferson City, Robert Lumpkin and his friend Shirley Oyerly from Savannah Mo, and Ferrill Purdy from Columbia who could not attend but sent Michelle Spry on his behalf.

Our U.S. military could not exist without the National Guard and Reserves and the Guard and Reserves could not exist without support of employers.

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.

ESGR, a Department of Defense office, depends on dedicated volunteers and staff to promote employer support for Guard and Reserve and I met quite a few of them. The room was filled with friends such as Missouri ESGR Military Outreach Coordinator, Jeanne Savel and new friends, US Navy Rear Admiral Retired Lee J. Metcalf, Sedalia ESGR volunteer, Keith Crumley, and Waynesville Missouri Mayor Lude Hardin.

Another huge honor for me and Howard Laiderman, my husband and executive vice president, was that Veterans Home Care was among some outstanding Missouri employers honored at this event: BJC Healthcare, World Wide Technologies, Rockwood School District and so many others.

Two WWII veterans, Jim Shipley and Robert Lumpkin at the ESGR Awards Dinner.

Two WWII veterans, Jim Shipley and Robert Lumpkin at the ESGR Awards Dinner.

 

WWII hero was James Shipley, a Tuskegee Airman, autographed his biography for young teenage cadets.

WWII hero was James Shipley, a Tuskegee Airman, autographed his biography for young teenage cadets.

 

Young Naval and Air Force cadets presented the colors at the ESGR Awards Dinner.

Young Naval and Air Force cadets presented the colors at the ESGR Awards Dinner.

 

Veterans Home Care’s Howard and Bonnie Laiderman visit with Lee J. Metcalfe, vice president at Daugherty Business Solutions and retired USN rear admiral.

Veterans Home Care’s Howard and Bonnie Laiderman visit with Lee J. Metcalfe, vice president at Daugherty Business Solutions and retired USN rear admiral.

 

Veterans Home Care’s Howard and Bonnie Laiderman visit with ESGR Military Outreach Coordinator Jeanne Savel.

Veterans Home Care’s Howard and Bonnie Laiderman visit with ESGR Military Outreach Coordinator Jeanne Savel.

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Bonnie Laiderman

Bonnie Laiderman, founder and president of Veterans Home Care®, has helped more than 13,000 veterans and their spouses receive in-home care through the unique VetAssist® Program. Started in 2003 as a one woman operation, Bonnie has overseen the growth of the company to appear on Inc. Magazine's national list of 5000 fastest growing companies and to become the industry leader.

Now with offices from coast to coast and a network of more than 2,400 home care providers, Veterans Home Care serves our veterans in 44 states throughout the country.

In addition to growing Veterans Home Care to become the largest provider of its kind, Bonnie is a member of the American Red Cross Tiffany Circle, a national society of women leaders. Bonnie also serves as Chairperson for the American Red Cross Service Armed Forces Committee.