2014 Copper Sword Recipient Donald Brandt CEO Of Arizona Public Service Accepts 2014
As your President, it is my pleasure to share that those we recognize at the annual awards Gala and during the year are indeed Patriots of the highest distinction. The Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense (DoD) office recently presented the DoD’s highest recognition, The Freedom Award, given to employers for exceptional support of National Guard and Reserve employees to an Arizona em-ployer which the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame Society had honored earlier in 2014.
It is significant to us because it confirms that the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame Society selection process for Copper Sword Award honorees, and our related Copper awards are recognized by others at the highest levels or our country.
The following Press Release was received in December, and is provided for your information here:
WASHINGTON – The Department of Defense presented APS with the 2014 Freedom Award in recogni-tion of their efforts in providing jobs for their military Service men and women Sept. 26. The award is the highest recognition granted to employers with exceptional support of Guard and Reserve employees.
"Currently, veterans make up about 20 percent of our workforce. We believe we have an obligation to pro-vide opportunity to the men and women who have so admirably served their county as they make the transition back to civilian life," said APS CEO Don Brandt. "Moreover, our company customers and com-munity benefit from the real-world leadership, integrity, discipline and perseverance that veterans bring to work every day."
In the picture Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel presents the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award to APS CEO Don Brandt.