- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 5, 2016

NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) - The U.S. Department of Defense has honored a Rhode Island manufacturer for its support of National Guard and Army Reserve employees.

The Providence Journal (https://bit.ly/29sGHhk ) reports that Hope Valley Industries was one of 15 employers out of nearly 2,500 nominees to receive the 2016 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award.

The North Kingstown manufacturer was cited for giving a service member deployed to Afghanistan a pre-departure gift of $1,000 to help with last-minute expenses. The company also provided a six-month plan for recovery upon the injured service member’s return home from deployment.

Three other companies in the state have been selected for the award in the last 20 years. Citizens Bank won in the 1990s. Cardi’s Furniture received the award in 2006 and CVS in 2015.

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Information from: The Providence Journal, https://www.providencejournal.com

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