The Broadway Hy-Vee in Quincy, Illinois, received the Patriot Award from Illinois Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense program, in January.
Kara Stotts, a Starbucks clerk at the Broadway Hy-Vee since 2012, nominated Betsy Terwelp, manager of perishables, for the award. Stotts is a member of the Air Force Reserve.
Service members nominate an individual supervisor who provides support to them as an employee.
In her nomination, Stotts wrote:
“My supervisor has been highly encouraging during my time in the military, from checking on me before leaving for basic training to keeping in contact when I came home to ensure my job and availability to come back to work when I became available. Hy-Vee makes it very easy to not have to worry about not getting off for drill weekends, long term trainings or deployments. Even better, the company offers a promised job to Active Military and Veterans of a certain time during and after their enlistments. My supervisors and the store manager, Steve Labs, show consistent support and interest in my military career, always asking if there’s ways they can help or make things run smoothly for me and them. Hy-Vee shows an incredible amount of support and pride toward the veterans of the United States military, especially to those who are also employees. A thankful atmosphere that is very welcoming to those who have had to transition back and forth from military to civilian lifestyles.”
Illinois Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve consists of nearly 90 volunteers from across the state who work to make sure that employers treat their service member employees well, and honor those who step above the legal requirements.