Contact Information

Linda Fowler Program Support Technician 134 Pearl St. PO Box 395
Enosburg VT 05450

Robert Bridges Employment Coordinator Campbell Armory 363 Fisher Rd
Montpelier VT 05602

David Wheel Program Support Specialist 209 Balsam Lane
White River Jct VT 05001


Committee Leadership

Mr. Shawn Bryan State Chair
Mr. Brian Lindner Public Affairs Director
Mr. John desGroseilliers Ombudsman Director
Vacant Training Director
Ms. Pam Brown Employer Outreach Director
Mr. Jerry Manock Employer Outreach Coordinator (Chittenden County)


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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April 27, 2016Northern Counties Health Center supervisor recognized as patriotic employer

ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. – Director of Primary Care at Northern Counties Health Center, Shawn Tester, with headquarters in St. Johnsbury and multiple sites in the Northeast Kingdom, has been presented with the Department of Defense Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Patriot Award.

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April 25, 2016University of Vermont Medical Center Radiology leader recognized as patriotic employer

BURLINGTON, Vt. – Paula Gonyea, of Plattsburgh, New York, and Director of Radiology Services at the University of Vermont (UVM) Medical Center in Burlington, was recently presented with the U.S. Department of Defense Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Patriot Award.

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April 20, 2016Bill Lohsen Plumbing and Heating honored by Department of Defense for patriotic support
WALLINGFORD, Vt. ­­­-- Vermont Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense program, announced Bill Lohsen of Bill Lohsen Plumbing and Heating, Inc. of Wallingford was honored April 18 with the Patriot Award in recognition of extraordinary support of his employee serving in the Vermont Army National Guard.

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