Master Sgt. Nathaniel Schultz worked as an outreach coordinator for Heart ‘n Home Palliative Care in La Grande for two years when he wasn’t serving as a medic in the Oregon National Guard. His military and civilian obligations frequently overlapped, and Schultz credits Ryan Leonard, executive director of Heart ‘n Home, with making that possible. That support now has earned Leonard and Heart ‘n Home an Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Patriot Award, which recognizes employers who demonstrate a special commitment to the success of their citizen-soldier workers.