Witte Bros. earns Flag of Freedom award, Gov. Nixon praises their effort

Witte Bros. Exchange in Troy that has hired 11 military veterans since 2010 under the Show-Me Heroes

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (left) presents the Flag of Freedom Award to Brent Witte (right), president of Witte Bros. Exchange in Troy. The local trucking firm is a participant in a Nixon-led program to promote the hiring of veterans.

program received the Flag of Freedom award from Gov. Jay Nixon. The Governor presented the designation to Witte Brothers Exchange Inc. at a ceremony at the business. Tuesday. Accepting the award was Brent Witte, company president.

“Witte Brothers Exchange is honoring the sacrifices made by the men and women of our armed services by making it a priority to hire these veterans when they return home,” Gov. Nixon said. “I appreciate efforts by companies like this to hire our veterans, and I encourage more Missouri employers to join the ranks of those who have hired a veteran through the Show-Me Heroes program.”

Gov. Nixon said he was touched by the servicemen and women who he met on a trip he made to Afghanistan. “As the troops began to assemble for an assignment, placing their gear on and mask in the hot weather,, I asked one what scared him most,” said the governor. “He responded was not having a job when he got home.”

The Show-Me Heroes program, established by Gov. Nixon in January 2010, is designed to connect military veterans with job opportunities when they return home from service. Administered by the Missouri Division of Workforce Development, Show-Me Heroes showcases Missouri businesses that are willing and eager to hire veterans. Employers participating in the Show-Me Heroes program sign a pledge to ramp up efforts to reach out to, recruit and interview veterans for job openings at their business.

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Posted on Tuesday, September 4, 2012 at 3:19 pm