One of the challenges for members of the National Guard is simultaneously holding down a full-time job while fulfilling their service obligations, both the scheduled ones and the ones that come up with little notice.
The National Guard recognizes this and as a result, it created the Patriot Award, which recognizes supervisors and bosses that are nominated by a Guardsman or Reservist employee for support provided directly to the nominator. Spouses of service members are also eligible to nominate their supportive supervisor.
Jed Hunstad, the Territory Sales Leader for Schwan’s Home Service, Inc. in Waconia, received the Patriot Award from Dave Bambenek, the Area Chair for the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), during a brief ceremony held at Schwan’s on Tuesday, June 4. Hunstad was nominated by Ben Lentz, a Schwan’s employee who was hired about eight months ago who is also a sergeant in the National Guard.
After Lentz was unexpectedly required to attend a class for the National Guard, Hunstad personally covered Lentz’s route. Lentz is appreciative of Hunstad’s flexibility regarding his obligations to the National Guard.
“If anything does happen, if I get deployed or my two-week drill comes up, he’ll fill my spot while I’m gone,” Lentz said. “He’s a good guy to work for. He’s not one of those bosses that micromanages. He treats you like an adult. I would recommend to any military people who are looking for a job, Schwan’s is a great place to work. It’s a good company for members of the military because it has the same values as the Army.”
Hunstad knew Lentz was a member of the National Guard when he hired him and was happy to accommodate Lentz when he was called to attend the class for the National Guard.
“It’s an honor to receive an award like this from an employee who’s done an outstanding job for Schwan’s Home Service and served his country,” Hunstad said. “He told me he nominated me for the award about three months ago and I was shocked. When he told me I won about a week or so ago, I was shocked again. It’s a real honor.”
Hunstad said he wouldn’t think twice about considering another military veteran for a job at Schwan’s.
“We know there are a number of service members that will be returning home and they need to find work,” he said. “We’re happy to put them to work.”
To learn more about Schwan’s, visit www.schwans.com. For more information about the ESGR, check out www.esgr.mil.
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