3 Michigan Employers Semifinalists for Dept. of Defense Award

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DETROIT (AP) -- Three Michigan employers are among 138 that have been named semifinalists for an award given for employer support of Guard and Reserve employees.

Compuware Corp. in Detroit, Davenport University in Grand Rapids and Mott Community College in Flint are in the running for the 2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award.

It's presented by a Department of Defense operational committee called the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.

This year's 138 semifinalists stood out among 2,899 employers nominated by a Guard or Reserve employee.

ESGR will announce the 2013 Freedom Award finalists next month after a review board comprised of military and civilian leaders selects the 30 most supportive employers. Up to 15 award recipients will be announced early this summer and honored in Washington, D.C., in September.

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