Contact Information

Rita McCallister Volunteer Support Technician 1679 Coonskin Drive
Charleston WV 25311

Dave Cyrus Program Support Specialist 1679 Coonskin Drive
Charleston WV 25311

West Virginia

Committee Leadership

Mr. John Miller Chair
Mr. Joel Miltenberger Vice Chair
Mr. Dan Lanier Chair Emeritus
Mr. Sam Haddad Military Outreach/Metro Area Chair
Mr. John Finlayson Employer Outreach Director & Training
Mr. Gordon Merry Volunteer Management Coordinator
Mr. Jonathan Schafler Ombudsman Director
Vacant Public Affairs Director
Mr. James Crawford Eastern Area Chair
Mr. Bill Wooton  Southern Area Chair
Ms. Susan Johnson Ohio River Area Chair
North Western Area Chair


ESGR, a Department of Defense office, is comprised of dedicated and trained volunteers and staff. We will develop and promote employer support for Guard and Reserve service by advocating relevant initiatives, recognizing outstanding support, increasing awareness of applicable laws, and resolving conflict between employers and Service members.

ESGR informs and educates Service members and their civilian employers regarding their rights and responsibilities governed by the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA). ESGR does not have statutory authority to enforce, but serves as a neutral, free resource to employers and service members. ESGR’s trained ombudsmen provide mediation of issues relating to compliance with USERRA.


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WASHINGTON (March 13) – Employers that support their military employees’ service make all the difference in the world.  That support can include paying an employee the difference between their military and civilian pay during a deployment, or even offering a full salary for the duration.  It can also be arranging for a US senator to be on hand for a farewell ceremony.  Some companies show their commitment by targeting military for hiring, while others set up military affinity groups to learn how to better serve their military employees.  Still others pitch in and simply make life easier for the families of deployed service members. Learn More.
February 23, 2017Fayetteville Police Chief receives Department of Defense Patriot Award

FAYETTEVILLE, W.V. – Police Chief David Kinzer of Fayetteville Police Department was presented with a Patriot Award Jan. 5 by Bill Wooton, Area Chair for the Southern Division of the West Virginia Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve in recognition of extraordinary support of his employee serving in the Guard and Reserve.

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October 25, 2016Ashford-Rumble Elementary School principal honored by Department of Defense for patriotic support

ASHFORD, W.V. – West Virginia Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense program, announced that Principal Amy Pritt, Ashford-Rumble Elementary School in Ashford, was honored Oct. 20 with a Patriot Award in recognition of extraordinary support of her employees serving in the Guard and Reserve.

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