US Government honors First Data for support shown to the militaries

image The US Government awarded First Data payment processor for outstanding support shown to their employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve. Rob Lawrence, Director of Vendor Relationship Management at First Data and Command Sgt. Maj. for the Colorado National Guard, nominated First Data for its efforts to support the National Guard and other military employees.

First Data Chairman and CEO Michael Capellas said: “I am honored to accept the Freedom Award on behalf of First Data’s 26,000 employees worldwide. We are extremely proud to support our employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserves. They demonstrate their dedication every day whether it is serving our country or our company.”

During military deployment First Data provides different benefits to employees and their families. Among these benefits there are differential pay between military pay and First Data salary and continuing family medical and life insurance benefits.

“First Data has supported me since 1982 through an active duty leave of absence, three combat tours and more than 20 annual training periods,” said Lawrence. “By nearly every measure, this company has gone to extraordinary lengths to support their guardsmen and reservists and their families.”

"In the eight years our nation has been at war, America’s employers – almost universally – have done an outstanding job of supporting their Citizen Warrior employees,” said Dennis M. McCarthy, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs. "These fifteen employers are the ‘best of the best’ this year. They reflect the powerful synergy that exists between the men and women of the National Guard and Reserve, and their employers."


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