PITTSBURG — A Ron’s Supermarket supervisor was recognized Monday for his support of an employee serving as a U.S. Marine Corps Reservist.

Charles Maransani serves as the supervisor of the Ron’s Supermarket meat department, and was presented with the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Patriot Award Monday for his support of Marine Corps Reservist Corporal Matthew Hermann.

The Patriot Award recognizes supervisors and employers who go above and beyond to support their military reserve and national guard employees and their families.

Hermann nominated Maransani after working for him throughout his school years at Pittsburg State University. Hermann is set to graduate at the end of the semester.

Hermann said in his nomination that both Maransani and Ron’s Supermarket should be recognized for their assistance. Maransani allowed Hermann to work a schedule that would not conflict with his military or school obligations, as well as making it simple to work shifts around other commitments.

Hermann said when he would have to be away, Maransani always had his job waiting for him when he returned.

The Patriot Award was presented to Maransani by Local ESGR Volunteer Richard Shaw. Shaw also presented two Patriot awards last month to supervisors at New Hope Services and SEK Interlocal No. 637.

ESGR is a U.S. Department of Defense program, which was established in 1972 following the Vietnam War. According to Shaw, many soldiers returning home from Vietnam lost their jobs and could not get them back. The ESGR assists in the resolution of conflicts arising from an employee’s military commitment.

Any service member or their spouse can nominate employers for the Patriot Award.

— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at choener@morningsun.net or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.