Contact Information

Verna Walcott Volunteer Support Technician JFHQ RR1 Box 9201
Kingshill VI 00850-9731

US Virgin Islands

Committee Leadership

Mr. Beresford Edwards State Chair
Mr. Stanley Jones Vice Chair
Ms. Kurell A. Hodge Area Chair - St. Thomas / St. John
Ms. Hollis McIntosh
Area Chair - St. Croix
Ms. Zandra Petersen Ombudsman Director
Ms. Lorelie Clarke Training Director
Vacant Employer Outreach Director
Mr. Kenny Walcott Military Outreach Director
Mrs. Shereen A. Grouby Public Affairs Director


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 27, 2017US Virgin Islands Freedom Award semifinalists named

U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS – Inviting a spouse to an employer sponsored event when the employee/service member is performing military duty or calling the employee/service member while they are away completing military training are examples of how U.S. Virgin Islands employers support the territory's citizen service members.

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October 21, 2016Virgin Islands Port Authority recognize – thank Service members

ST. CROIX, U.S. Virgin Islands – Virgin Islands Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve along with the V.I. Port Authority unveiled a new sign that will greet service members, retirees and community members who are entering and leaving the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport on St. Croix, Aug. 24.

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