NEW HAMPTON — Country Cottage Furniture, located on Route 104 in New Hampton, was awarded the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Patriotic Employer Award. This award was nominated by employee, Justin Sargent of the New Hampshire Army National Guard. Justin was deployed to the Middle East with the Guard along with other members of the 3643rd of Somersworth.
The Patriotic Employer Award was hand delivered to Peter Rudis, owner of Country Cottage Furniture, by Vic Rogers, Director of Military Outreach for the New Hampshire Committee, ESGR, a Department of Defense volunteer organization that supports all reserve components.
This honor signifies patriotic recognition, support, and cooperation between Reserve Component service members and their civilian employers. The award recognizes employers that support our citizen soldiers and make allowances for flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families and granting leaves of absence if needed.
Sergeant Justin Sargent stated in his nomination for the award that "Mr. Peter Rudis has always been supportive of my reserve obligation and has willingly allowed me the time needed for military training and deployment". After Sergeant Justin Sargent returned from being deployed, his job was waiting for him at Country Cottage Furniture. Rudis has hired other Army National Guard members, one of whom recently deployed to Afghanistan.
When interviewed by Vic Rogers, NH Committee ESGR, Rudis explained that the outstanding qualities that he respects in hiring military personnel are their work ethic, professionalism, time management skills and an overall can-do attitude.