Wells Fargo Northport Supervisor Receives Patriot Award for Supporting Deployed Soldier’s Family

06 Feb 2018 Jamee Nelson
Left to Right: Wells Fargo team member America McCalpine, retired Lieutenant Colonel Nicolas Britto, Wells Fargo Branch Manager DeVon Averett, Wells Fargo Central Alabama Market Region Bank President Leigh Collier, Wells Fargo District Manager Julius Peterson Left to Right: Wells Fargo team member America McCalpine, retired Lieutenant Colonel Nicolas Britto, Wells Fargo Branch Manager DeVon Averett, Wells Fargo Central Alabama Market Region Bank President Leigh Collier, Wells Fargo District Manager Julius Peterson Jamee Nelson

Tuscaloosa resident and Wells Fargo team member Devon Averett received the Patriot Employer Award from the Office of the Secretary of Defense Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Nicolas Britto presented the award to Averett during a ceremony held on Jan. 31.

Averett was nominated by Wells Fargo team member America McCalpine, the wife of a soldier who is currently deployed overseas. In her nomination, McCalpine shared that Averett has provided substantial support and understanding during her husband's deployment. Averett is a supervisor at the Wells Fargo branch in Northport.

The Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense program, was established in 1972 to promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve Component Service members and their civilian employers and to assist in the resolution of conflicts arising from an employee's military commitment.

"The Patriot award was created by ESGR to publicly recognize individuals who provide outstanding patriotic support and cooperation to their employees, who like the citizen warrior before them, have answered their nation's call to serve," said Bill Kringel, PhD, Alabama ESGR state Chair.

ESGR has served our country for more than 45 years, fostering a culture in which all employers support and value the employment and military service of members of the National Guard and Reserve in the United States.

"Wells Fargo is committed to helping all those who serve," said Leigh Collier, Wells Fargo Central Alabama Market region bank president. "Our goal is to help enable long-lasting, sustainable housing to veterans; help active duty service members and their spouses with career transition; and provide financial education and resources specifically for military families."

Since 2012, Wells Fargo has contributed $75 million to support members of the military, veterans, and their families who may be facing financial hardships through sustainable housing, career transition programs, financial education, and home donations to wounded veterans.

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