Scientific Systems and VP of Human Resources Patricia Kelly Received Additional Awards for Support of Employees Who Serve in The National Guard and Reserve

November 28, 2023 | by Scientific Systems

Kunal Mehra, President; Patricia Kelly, Vice President; Dr. Raman Mehra, CEO; and ESGR’s John Pelose getting an award

UPDATED 11/28/2023

For the second time in 2023, Patricia Kelly, Vice President of Human Resources at Scientific Systems was awarded a Patriot Award from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR),

“It’s highly unusual that we’ve had the same person nominated and receive the Patriot Award twice,” said John Pelose, Area Chair for the Massachusetts ESGR. “Patricia Kelly is highly appreciated not only by the service members, but also by the Department of Defense, for the support she’s given to service members.”

The Patriot Award reflects the efforts made to support citizen warriors through a wide-range of measures including flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families, and granting leaves of absence if needed.


Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), an agency of the Department of Defense, announced recently that Scientific Systems has been honored with an Above and Beyond award in recognition of extraordinary support of its members who serve in the National Guard and Reserve.

Patricia Kelly, VP of Human Resources, and one of the company’s longest serving employees was also honored with a Patriot Award in recognition of extraordinary support of her National Guard and Reserve employee(s).

According to Paul Zbikowski ESGR Massachusetts Chair, “The ESGR ‘Above and Beyond’ Award was created by ESGR to publicly recognize American Employers who provide extraordinary support and cooperation to their employees and members, who like the citizen warriors before them, have answered their nation’s call to serve. Supportive employers are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s National Guard and Reserve units.”

Patricia Kelly was nominated for the Patriot Award by one of her Reserve Component employees. As the leader of Human Resources at the company, she provides critical support in helping maintain the strength and readiness of the nation’s National Guard and Reserve units.  Of receiving the Patriot Award, Patricia Kelly shares, “It’s a great honor to receive this award. It was really unexpected. I deeply appreciate what our Guard and Reserve members do while on duty, and thank ESGR not only for this award, but for what they do to advocate for our citizen-soldiers.”

Scientific Systems joins the 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 “Above and Beyond” support with 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.


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