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A South Dakota National Guard soldier is being recognized. Only it’s not for her own efforts, but for the place where she works.

The ‘My Boss Is A Patriot’ award is given to employers who show support for their employees serving in the Guard and Reserve. Kristen Soukup is a member of the 147th Army Band. She awarded her employer, “Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith” the award Wednesday. She has been in the National Guard for 17 years and with Davenport Evans for 7.

She says there were times when she had to be away from the law firm and her bosses were very understanding.

“I couldn’t do it without their support. I could do it but it wouldn’t be really difficult for me. They made it such a smooth transition between my civilian life and my military life,” said Soukup.

South Dakota is second in the nation on giving the award to employers.
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