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LACASA was the recipient of a Patriot Award this week by the U.S. Department of Defense through its national agency, the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR).
The award recognizes workplaces and supervisors that support the husbands and wives of military service members.
“We are honored to receive this award,” said Bobette Schrandt, president and CEO of LACASA. “It means a great deal to know that our staff feel supported, especially during difficult times.”
LACASA Legal Advocate, Chelsea Finke, nominated her supervisors and LACASA for the prestigious award.
Chelsea’s husband, Sgt. Jeff Finke, recently returned from a one-year deployment serving as a medic in Afghanistan. Jeff assisted with the medical training of Afghan soldiers at the U.S. Bagram Air Base in the Parwan Province.
“I nominated LACASA because everyone here helped to make the year Jeff was away much easier to get through,” said Chelsea.
“Around the holidays, the staff pulled together and sent out five huge boxes of goodies to Jeff and his fellow soldiers,” Chelsea said. “It not only meant the world to me, but also to him and the members of his squadron.”
Chelsea also credited her coworkers and immediate supervisors Chris Roselle, LACASA legal intervention supervisor, and Elizabeth Stahl, LACASA program director, for being flexible and supportive.
“Jeff surprised me by coming home on leave a week early in July, 2011. My supervisors allowed me to take my vacation early, and everyone on the staff covered for me,” said Chelsea.
The award was presented to LACASA by Quinton Roberts, a representative of ESGR. It commends LACASA for “contributing to national security and protecting liberty and freedom by supporting employee participation in America’s National Guard and Reserve Force.”
According to Schrandt, “Being recognized with a Patriot Award by the ESGR is special. The real patriots, though, are our troops and their families who deserve tremendous support for their unyielding courage.”
LACASA is a nonprofit organization that provides help and hope for victims of child abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault. The agency plans to display the commemorative plaque in the reception area of its administrative office.