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Inspiring Synergy owner honored by Department of Defense for patriotic support


Pennsylvania Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), an office of the Department of Defense, announced that Inspiring Synergy Yoga and Dance Studio owner Johanna Abud recently received a Patriot Award.

The award was given to Abud in recognition of extraordinary support of employees serving in the Guard and Reserve. Pennsylvania ESGR is particularly proud to present employers with a Patriot Award for their strong support of their employees serving in our nation’s Reserve forces.

Abud was nominated for the Patriot Award by Sgt. Maj. Danna Black, who is a member of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard’s 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team Headquarters located in Washington, Pa.

In nominating Abud, Sgt. Maj Black noted that she has helped to raise support from the community for those who serve in the Reserve forces and now offers a 30% discount to all military members and their families for instruction sessions at the studio.

Wes Craig, Pennsylvania chair emeritus and Southeast Area chair, presented the Patriot Award to Abud and noted that she and Sgt. Maj. Black are convinced that yoga really helps mitigate the stress of troop deployments.

Craig commented: “It’s critical and an honor to recognize and pay tribute to those employers that hire and support our Guard and Reserve forces. It would be difficult for those in the uniformed services to perform their mission without employer support.

“Today’s members of the Guard and Reserves are highly trained and skilled; they bring integrity, a global perspective and, proven leadership to the civilian workforce.”

In addition to presenting a Patriot Award, Craig obtained a Statement of Support from Abud.

“By signing the Statement of Support, Inspiring Synergy is sending a clear message to its employees that while they are serving their country, they do not have to worry about their civilian jobs,” Craig said.

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