College Station firm recognized for work with military personnel

Katrina Antonov, left, who serves part time in the U.S. Coast Guard, nominated her College Station workplace, West, Talbert & Talbert, Certified Public Accountants, as Patriotic Employers for going beyond the legal requirements for working with employees who serve part time in the armed forces. Also shown, from left, Richard West, William Talbert, Jennifer O’Connor and Connie Smotek.

Penny Talbert and William Talbert and their College Station certified public accounting firm — West, Talbert & Talbert — have been recognized as Patriotic Employers by the Employer Support of Guard and Reserve, a committee within the Department of Defense.

The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 protects employees who have served or are serving in the armed forces, reserves or National Guard to ensure they are not disadvantaged because of that service. The law requires employers to follow certain regulations about employing and reemploying service members.

Employers who go above and beyond the basic regulations may be nominated for the Patriotic Employer Award by a military member. West, Talbert & Talbert was nominated by Coast Guardsman Katrina Antonov.

The award was presented by George Nelson of Bryan, Area 14 chairman for the Employer Support of Guard and Reserve.

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