Des Moines, Iowa – Iowa Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense office, announced that Kevin Bjork, Military Family Home Loans President, signed a Statement of Support for the Guard and Reserve on July 18, 2013.
The Statement of Support confirms Military Family Home Loans joins other employers in pledging:
• We fully recognize, honor and enforce the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-Employment Rights Act (USERRA).
• Our managers and supervisors will have the tools they need to effectively manage those employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve.
• We appreciate the values, leadership and unique skills service members bring to the workforce and will encourage opportunities to employ Guardsmen, Reservists and Veterans.
• We will continually recognize and support our country’s service members and their families in peace, in crises and in war.
“Today, supportive employers are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s Guard and Reserve units. I am asking all Iowa employers to take a look at their current human resources policies to incorporate policies supportive of Guard and Reserve employees,” said Dick Rue, Iowa ESGR State Chair. “Many Iowa employers provide ‘Above and Beyond’ support with pay differential to offset the loss of wages, and extension of health care benefits, which complement coverage provided by the military, when their employees are mobilized.”
When asked about the criteria, Dick Rue said “By meeting the Statement of Support criteria, Military Family Home Loans pledges to stand proudly with its Guard and Reserve employees, who continue to answer their nation’s call to defend our way of life. Their personal sacrifices are essential to the strength of our nation”.
"Mr. Bjork joins a cadre of Fortune 500 companies, state and federal agencies and thousands of America’s employers in demonstrating support for our armed forces,” added Dick Rue. “By signing the Statement of Support, Mr. Bjork is sending a clear message to the employees of Military Family Home Loans that while they are serving their country they do not have to worry about their civilian jobs.”
ESGR, a Department of Defense office, seeks to foster a culture in which all employers support and value the employment and military service of members of the National Guard and Reserve in the United States. ESGR facilitates and promotes a cooperative culture of employer support for National Guard and Reserve service by developing and advocating mutually beneficial initiatives, recognizing outstanding employer support, increasing awareness of applicable laws and policies, resolving potential conflicts between employers and their service members, and acting as the employers’ principal advocate within DoD.
For more information about ESGR Outreach Programs, or ESGR volunteer opportunities, please call 1-800-336-4590 or visit www.ESGR.mil.
Those pictured from left to right:
Ryan Allen, Petty Officer 2nd Class - Navy Reserve, Michael Jenkins, Staff Sgt - Army Natiional Guard, Brandon Ulrich, 2nd Lt - Army National Guard, Michael Van Dusseldorp, Assistant Vice President (Fulfillment Manager), Kevin Remillard, ESGR volunteer, Kevin Bjork, President, Joe Schmulbach, Vice President (National Sales Manager), Scott Anderson, Sgt - Army National Guard, and Jarrod Weichert, Sgt - Army National Guard.
3 not pictured:
Michael Fox, Specialist - Army National Guard, Heather Menold, 2nd Lt - Air National Guard, and Ben Hanz, Specialist - Army National Guard.