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ESGR presents local Employer with Patriot Award

Craig Franklin, Craig Franklin CPA president, receives the Texas Employer Support of the Guard and Reserves’ Patriot Award March 29, 2016. Franklin was nominated by Deborah Smith, a Craig Franklin CPA employee and the spouse of Col. Thomas K. Smith Jr., 433rd Airlift Wing commander.   (U.S. Air Force photo by Benjamin Faske) (released)

Craig Franklin, president of Craig Franklin CPA, P.C. receives the Texas Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve's Patriot Award March 29, 2016. Franklin was nominated by Deborah Smith, a Craig Franklin CPA employee and the spouse of 433rd Airlift Wing Commander Col. Thomas K. Smith Jr. (U.S. Air Force photo by Benjamin Faske) (released)

Caryl Hill, Texas Committee Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve San Antonio Chair, presents Craig Franklin, Craig Franklin CPA president, with the Statement of Support for the ESGR March 29, 2016. The Statement of Support signifies that employers will do everything possible to support reserve and guard employees in their civilian jobs, as it relates to their military duties in support of the United States  Department of Defense. Franklin was nominated by Deborah Smith, a Craig Franklin CPA employee and the spouse of Col. Thomas K. Smith Jr., 433rd Airlift Wing commander at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Benjamin Faske) (released)

(Left) Caryl Hill, Texas ESGR, area 4, San Antonio chair, presents Craig Franklin, president of Craig Franklin CPA, P.C. with the Statement of Support for ESGR, March 29, 2016. The Statement of Support signifies that employers will do everything possible to support reserve and guard employees in their civilian jobs, as it relates to their military duties in support of the United States Department of Defense.

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas --

The Texas Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, Area 4, San Antonio, awarded Craig Franklin, president of Craig Franklin, CPA, P.C. with the ESGR Patriot Award March 29, 2016. Franklin was nominated by Deborah Smith, a Craig Franklin CPA employee and the spouse of 433rd Airlift Wing commander Col. Thomas K. Smith Jr.

The Patriot Award is awarded to individual supervisors who have made special efforts to support Citizen Warriors and their spouses through measures, such as flexible schedules, time off before and after deployment, caring for families and granting leaves of absence, if needed.

"Presenting the Patriot Award to employers is one of the best things ESGR volunteers have the privilege to do," said Caryl Hill Texas ESGR, Area 4, San Antonio chair. "We not only say 'thank you for your support' on behalf of a Reserve Component member or spouse, but have the opportunity to meet great people who daily and quietly, support the men and women who serve in the National Guard or Reserve."

Franklin supported Deborah Smith through two permanent changes of stations, one at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, and the other at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland.

Franklin allowed her to work remotely from these duty-stations as well as keep a flexible work schedule, by allowing her to work nights and weekends. He also paid for computers and periodic travel back to the San Antonio office.

"Craig is a patriotic American and fully supports the armed forces in whatever way he can," said Deborah Smith, "I am proud and very fortunate to be a part of his team."