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Wendy Reuer, Published November 01 2012

Local chamber unveils Honor Star program

MOORHEAD – The Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce unveiled a new window decal Thursday for businesses that support military personnel.

The Honor Star program was created and designed by the chamber’s Military Affairs Committee.

“The Honor Star program is a way for organizations and individuals to say thank you to military men and women,” chamber President and CEO Craig Whitney said.

The Honor Star is a window decal designed with a yellow ribbon intertwining each of the military branch seals.

A business can purchase the decal for $100 annually and place it in a front window or door.

Money raised from the decals will be used to support the chamber’s Military Affairs Committee, which will use it for events and activities such as veterans job fairs and service member family events.

The first Honor Star was given Thursday to the 52nd Avenue Wal-Mart in Fargo.

Wal-Mart is a sponsor of the Military Affairs Committee.

Clint Harris, a market manager at Wal-Mart, said Thursday that the corporation has long supported veterans’ programs.

Wal-Mart has partnered with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on the “Hiring Our Heroes” program, which aims to help veterans gain employment through more than 300 job fairs that have been held across the country.

In the metro, companies such as Ulteig and Strata Corp. have made it a policy to assist military employees and families in their employment.

“When (service members) are gone, one of our main goals for us is to make sure their families are taken care of,” said Dwayne Dumas, senior area manager of Strata in West Fargo.

He said Strata employees who are deployed on military service retain their positions, benefits and seniority despite the absence.

“It sounds like a lot, but it’s just a small token for what they’ve done for us.”

Readers can reach Forum reporter Wendy Reuer at (701) 241-5530

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