Dr. Shofner's father was a highly decorated Marine General who participated in more combat than any Marine officer in WWII. He also led the only successful escape from a Japanese prisoner of war camp. Dr. Shofner is committed to giving back to our Servicemen and Servicewomen and their families who sacrifice so much on our behalf. (Pictured, General Austin Shofner)
Shofner Vision Center has been named one of 15 recipients of the Secretary Defense Employer Support Freedom Award from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) of the Department of Defense. The award is the highest honor given by the U.S. government to employers for their exceptional support of employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve.
Presented by The Tennessee ESGR Committee
Renowned Eye Surgeon, Dr. Stewart Shofner of Shofner Vision Center was recently awarded the Pro Patria Award for his support in employing USAF Reservist, Lt. Col. Kevin Johnson. This is the highest level award that may be bestowed by a state ESGR committee. "I am truly honored and humbled to have received the Above and Beyond Award, the Patriot Award and most recently the Pro Patria Award," says Dr. Shofner.
The award was presented by Retired Veteran, Mr. Carl E. Lambert, CW4, Tennessee Chairman of the Employer Support of The Guard and Reserve (ESGR) on Friday, March 21, 2014.
August 2021 - This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Department of Defense Freedom Award, and the Tennessee Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) will be recognizing each of Tennessee’s 12 companies and organizations (including Shofner Vision Center) that have received the Freedom Award since the award’s inception. Mr. Ron Bogle, the National Chair of the Department of Defense’s Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve; the Tennessee Adjutant General, Major General Jeff Holmes; and other senior military officials will be present for this upcoming event.