The Above and Beyond Award is presented by ESGR State Committees to recognize employers at the local level who have gone above and beyond the legal requirements of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) by providing their Guard and Reserve employees additional, non-mandated benefits such as differential or full pay to offset lost wages, extended health benefits, and other similar benefits. The award is given in limited numbers by state committees to employers who have had at least one of their supervisors/managers recognized with a Patriot Award, and who have signed or agree to sign a statement of support (SoS). State committees are authorized maximum discretion in considering an Above and Beyond award (or other) for Patriot Award nominations of smaller firms, those with no individual supervisors specified, and other similar situations.
Service members wishing to nominate their employer for the Above and Beyond Award should email their ESGR state committee (contact information is located in the "State Pages" tab of the ESGR.mil homepage). The email should include:
- "Above and Beyond Award Nomination" in the email subject line
- The employer's name, organizational address, phone, e-mail address, and point of contact
- A detailed summary of the additional support received from the employer
- Nominator's contact information to allow for follow-up