PHOENIX, ARIZ (March 24, 2014) – Rehab Without Walls recently joined thousands of employers nationwide when they signed a Statement of Support for the Guard and Reserve. Irwin Altman, Rehab Without Walls executive director, signed the certificate after being nominated by Barbara Anderson, the director of the physical therapy department, who also serves as company commander for the Army Reserve in Mesa, AZ.
Being a member of the Army Reserve can offer the best of two worlds. Reserve soldiers receive the satisfaction of serving their country while also pursuing their goals as civilians. As the number of highly qualified individuals entering the civilian workforce continues to increase, there is a greater focus on employers to adopt policies to support civilian soldiers.
The Statement of Support Program is part of a national effort to gain and maintain employer support for the Guard. Employers in the program are encouraged to act as advocates for employee participation in the military.
As company commander, Ms. Anderson is directly responsible for soldiers and issues that may arise as a citizen soldier. One responsibility is to inform employers of Army obligations and educate them on what it means to be a reservist soldier.
Supportive employers are essential to the readiness of the Guard and Reserve units and the cornerstone to the success of the program. Rehab Without Walls is more than happy to assist their reserve employees.
“Certainly we are all thankful to have people such as Barb who have decided to serve our country in this manner. It is also quite nice that Barb and others acknowledge what it takes from the employer’s and other employees’ perspective to support individuals who leave intermittently to perform these important duties,” said Mr. Altman.
“Rehab Without Walls’ leadership makes it easy to do both my jobs,” Ms. Anderson said. “They allow me to be creative with my patients and they allow me time to perform duties for the Army. I appreciate what they do and I could not be successful without that support,”
To read the statement of support, click here.
Author : Josephine Lee