Employer Programs

Employer Outreach is a key function of ESGR’s mission. Each year national and local level events are hosted across America by all 54 ESGR State Committees, including briefings with the boss, Bosslifts, Statement of Support (SoS) signings, trade shows, educational events, job fairs, and awards presentations. Through these events, staff and volunteers personally influenced more than 161,000 employers in fiscal year 2013 alone.


Employers are transported, via military vehicle, aircraft or vessel, to military facilities where they observe Guard and Reserve members on duty.

Statement of Support Program

This is the cornerstone of ESGR’s effort to gain and maintain employer support for the Guard and Reserve. The intent of the program is to increase employer support by encouraging employers to act as advocates for employee participation in the military. Supportive employers are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s Guard and Reserve units. For more information, click here.

Briefings with the Boss

Brings together employers, unit commanders, ESGR volunteers and community leaders to discuss issues related to service in the Guard and Reserve.

Trade shows and educational events

ESGR representatives are available and ready to attend trade shows to spread the word on ESGR outreach initiatives. Similarly, local ESGR representatives can be made available to attend in-house meetings to brief on ESGR and USERRA to offices interested in better supporting their Guard and Reserve Service member employees.

Job Fairs

ESGR recognizes the unique skills a Guard or Reserve Service member can bring to a civilian employer (link to Top 10 Fact Sheet). For this reason, ESGR representatives host and attend job fairs in an effort to link employers with citizen warriors. 

On April 23, 2014, First Lady Michelle Obama announced the launch of the Veterans Employment Center (VEC) as a significant milestone of the Obama Administration’s efforts to consolidate the federal government’s web-based veteran hiring tools.

The VEC, housed on the Department of Veterans Affairs eBenefits home page (www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits/jobs), provides a one-stop shop for veterans seeking employment. In support of the administration’s efforts, Family & Employer Programs & Policy (FEPP), within the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs, has transitioned the online tools of Hero2Hired (H2H) from the H2H.jobs website to the VEC, joining a variety of online systems under one umbrella.

“The transition to the Veterans Employment Center supports the best interests of our service members and families over the long term, and our H2H employment coordinators and volunteers will help ensure a smooth transition for job seekers and employers,” said Marie Balocki, acting deputy director of FEPP

Hero2Hired employment coordinators will assist job seekers and employers with VEC enrollment and continue to provide one-on-one resume development, interviewing skills and local employment resources.

“The heart and success of Hero2Hired has always been the personal touch provided by the 56 H2H Employment Coordinators,” said Balocki. “The transition to the Veterans Employment Center will not impact the excellent customer service they provide to service members and families.”

Throughout and beyond this transition, the Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Labor will remain committed to addressing the unemployment of Reserve Component members, veterans and families. As part of the overall effort, FEPP will keep pushing for the unique needs of Reserve Component members and families and continual enhancements to the VEC user experience.

The H2H.jobs website will remain online to provide a link to the VEC, contact information for the H2H Employment Coordinators and links to H2H strategic partners. H2H Employment Coordinators are located in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Award Presentations

Local ESGR representatives can coordinate an award presentation ceremony upon request and hold a yearly award ceremony where employers are recognized for their support of Guard and Reserve service.