Car Rental Company Goes Out of Its Way to Support Our Troops

Dollar/Thrifty Automotive Group owns both Dollar Rent a Car and Thrifty Car Rental, and it’s going to receive the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award for going above and beyond supporting its employees who are called to active duty:

Marine reservist Cpl. Blake Milam says his civilian employer, Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, Inc., has gone the extra mile to make him feel good about his military service.

Last year, the Tulsa, Okla.-based rental car company gave a welcome-home party for Milam after he’d returned from an 8-month duty tour in Fallujah, Iraq, he said.

“They’ve been really supportive,” the 23-year-old automobile inventory technician said of his employer. “They’ve gone out of their way to help me out.”

Milam nominated his employer to receive the prestigious Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. Dollar Thrifty is among 15 businesses and organizations selected to receive the annual award, which recognizes exemplary support for employees in the Guard or reserve.

Dollar Thrifty also provided Milam with two raises and a slice of company profits that he’d missed while he was serving in Iraq.

A radio operator in military life, Milam said his employer’s support enabled him to perform dangerous duty in Iraq without worrying about his job back home. Milam experienced the death of three of his fellow Marines and the severe wounding of three other comrades during heavy fighting against the enemy.

Milam credited Dollar Thrifty for helping him to make the transition back to civilian life after his return from Iraq in October 2006.

“Things are going really good, right now,” he said.

It’s so refreshing to see a company go out of its way to support its employees when they are called to duty. When I need to rent a car, I will go out of my way to rent from either Dollar Rent a Car or Thrifty Car Rental.

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