CARSON CITY, Nev., April 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is one of the state's most supportive employers for members of the military Guard and Reserve, according to the Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense office. The company today received the Extraordinary Employer Support award during a special breakfast ceremony with Gov. Brian Sandoval. The recognition is awarded to companies that demonstrate sustained support of military service members. It is Nevada's highest military honor awarded by the Department of Defense through its ESGR office. Any Guard or Reserve member can nominate their employer for the award. "When I learned about the programs that MGM Resorts offers to veterans, I was amazed," said Ondra Berry, the company's Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion. He is also a brigadier general in the Nevada Air National Guard and nominated MGM Resorts for the award. "Then when I learned that the company continues to pay the salary of employees who are deployed, I knew I had to nominate MGM Resorts as an Extraordinary Employer. That kind of military support is rare in the business world." Phyllis A James, Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer for MGM Resorts, also received the Patriot Award, an honor given to individual supervisors who have shown exemplary support of their employees who serve in the Guard and Reserves. "She has been phenomenal," said Brig. Gen. Berry. "When it comes to employees and their military service, her mantra is 'whatever they need.' She is the model of what a supervisor of a military member should be." MGM Resorts has several programs that target veterans or members of the Guard and Reserves. In 2012, the company started Boots to Business in partnership with the American Red Cross. The program is designed to employ veterans who are transitioning back to the civilian world after leaving the military. Salute to the Troops is an annual event in which dozens of Wounded Warriors are treated to a complimentary Veterans Day weekend at an MGM Resorts property. A variety of events are planned for the Wounded Warriors, including softball games, dinners, shows and other outings. MGM Resorts recently created an employee Veterans Network Group in an effort to further engage employees who are veterans or current members of the Guard and Reserve. The group meets monthly to provide military employees with professional development training, networking opportunities and exposure to high-level executives.