Baton Rouge --- The National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve has awarded Department of Health employee Sue Merrill its Patriot Award. The award is meant to recognize public and private employers who support their employees who are members of the Army National Guard or Reserve.


Merrill was awarded for her support of Maj. Mary Burns, an Army Reserve nurse who also works in the LDH Bureau of Community Supports and Services in St. Tammany Parish. Maj. Burns was placed on active duty with the Reserve last year, returning to her LDH job in September 2003. Merill is Maj. Burns’ immediate supervisor at the Bureau.


“Sue was extremely supportive of my military service before, during and after my activation,” Maj. Burns said.


Maj. Burns and will present Merrill with her Patriot Award in the Rotunda area of the Louisiana Capitol at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 19. Media are invited to attend and take pictures or video footage.


WHAT: Presentation of Army Patriot Award to LDH employee Sue Merrill


WHEN: Tuesday, May 18 at 11 a.m.


WHERE: State Capitol Rotunda