City of Austin, Texas

The City of Austin, Texas provides differential pay to activated employees of the Guard and Reserve for up to 15 months as well as 15 days paid military leave annually for military schooling or exercise.

In 2007, the city contracted with several organizations to provide services and programs for families, including counseling for psychological and emotional issues and assistance with managing personal finances. Recently, the city created a position dedicated to ensuring service members are processed back into the employment sector upon return from deployment.

“My supervisor an co-workers constantly stayed in tough with me and my family during the difficult times, and I was always reassured by my supervisors and Human Resources Department that I would have my job when I returned from active duty,” said nominator Army National Guard First Sergeant Lertchai Mateo.