Stone saluted for work above and beyond | News | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | April 14, 2016 5:00 pm
Last Updated: April 13, 2016 at 3:25 pm
ABOVE AND BEYOND. Fourteenth Circuit Solicitor Duffie Stone was recently honored by the South Carolina Employer Support of Guard and Reserve. Shown at the award ceremony are, left to right, Brig. Gen. R. Van McCarty, Assistant Adjunct General - Army, South Carolina National Guard; Stone, Assistant Solicitor Kelvin Wright; and SCESGR State Chair Eli Wishart.
Fourteenth Circuit Solicitor Duffie Stone traveled to North Charleston earlier this month to be saluted for his office’s willingness to work with employees who are members of the National Guard and Reserve.
Stone made the trip to receive the Above and Beyond Award from the South Carolina Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (SC ESGR), an office of the U.S. Department of Defense.
The ESGR Above and Beyond Award was created to publicly recognize American employers providing extraordinary patriotic support and cooperation to their employees, who like the citizen warriors before them, have answered their nation’s call to serve, said Eli Wishart, SCESGR state chair. Supportive employers are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s Guard and Reserve units.
Making the trip with Stone was Assistant Solicitor Kelvin Wright, a Colleton County native who serves as a captain in the Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps with the S.C. Army National Guard’s 351st Aviation Support Battalion. As part of his military service, Wright was stationed in Kuwait and Iraq in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Wright has been employed with the solicitor’s office for the past three years as the Hampton County prosecutor.
He attended the University of South Carolina School of Law and has been practicing law for nine years.
He is a member of the Bright family from Colleton County. His mother is Gwendolyn Bright Chisolm, who lives in Hardeeville. His father is Joseph Wigfall Jr., who is retired from the U.S. Army and lives in Waldorf, Md.
“I believe Solicitor Stone went above and beyond what most employers have to do,” Wright said. “He helped to contribute to national security and protecting liberty and freedom by supporting my efforts.”
Stone and the Fourteenth Circuit Solicitor’s Office join thousands of American employers who have reviewed and amended their current human resources policies to ensure compliance with the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA). Many employers provide support far beyond what USERRA requires, including pay differential to offset the loss of wages, and extension of health care benefits which complement coverage provided by the military when their employees are mobilized.
“It is extremely important to support those who make sacrifices for us on a daily basis, both in and out of the courtroom,” Stone said. “Kelvin Wright is one of six reservists, guardsmen or veterans who work in our office and continue to serve in more ways than one. We are honored to have them as an integral part of our prosecutorial team.”
The 14th Circuit Solicitor’s Office has expanded its programs to reach those who have served in the Armed Forces through its Veterans Treatment Court. The multi-disciplinary court aims to support veterans who have had brushes with the criminal justice system, yet suffer from combat-related mental illness or substance abuse issues.
ESGR seeks to foster a culture in which all employers support and value the employment and military service of members of the National Guard and Reserve in the United States.
Paramount to ESGR’s mission is encouraging employment of Guardsmen and Reservists who bring integrity, global perspective and proven leadership to the civilian workforce.