Nyemaster Goode Receives National Award

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Nyemaster Goode is only law firm nationwide to receive Freedom Award

I am honored to nominate my employer for its complete and unwavering commitment to the Department of Defense.

Nyemaster Goode, P.C., has been notified that it has been selected as one of only fifteen employers across the nation to be honored with the 2012 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The firm is one of five small business employers and the only law firm nationwide to receive this honor this year.

Major Kristina Stanger, a member of the firm’s litigation department, and her husband, Staff Sergeant Doug Stanger, both Iowa National Guard service members, nominated Nyemaster Goode. Major Stanger’s application noted that as “a small, hard-working Iowa employer,” Nyemaster Goode has supported her not only as an employee who is in the Guard, but also as the spouse of a full-time Guard member and mother to their two daughters. She wrote, “I am honored to nominate my employer for its complete and unwavering commitment to the Department of Defense.”

The Freedom Award is the highest recognition given by the United States government to employers for their support of their employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve. Nominations must come from a Guard or Reserve member who is employed by the organization being nominated, or from a person in the family- of such Guard or Reserve member. The award was created in 1996 to publicly recognize employers who provide exceptional support to their Guard and Reserve employees, and it is the highest in a series of employer recognition awards given by the Department of Defense. The award will be presented in Washington, D.C. on September 20, 2012.

Nyemaster Goode’s attorneys, staff, and their families have a long history of military service, but the Stangers’ situation brought the needs of military employees into sharp focus for the firm. “Observing Kristina first hand has given us a whole new perspective on the sacrifices military families make and the importance of providing support through the workplace,” said Michael Thrall, Nyemaster Goode’s chairman. Nyemaster Goode is very proud of and thankful for the firm’s members and their families who serve and who have served in uniform, and is honored and humbled to have been selected for this recognition from over 3,200 nominations.

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