Contact Information

Benjamin Beaudry Volunteer Support Technician 360 Broad St.
Hartford CT 06015

Sean Brittell Program Support Specialist 360 Broad St.
Hartford CT 06015


Committee Leadership

Mr. Thad Martin State Chair
Mr. Tom Pandolfi Vice Chair
Mr. Bill Vernile
Ombudsman Director
Ms. Jenn Worhle Employer Outreach Director
Mr. Ron Ferri Training Director
Mr. Wayne Travers Jr. 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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August 23, 2019DOD Honors Employers of Guardsmen, Reservists

WASHINGTON – Fifteen private-sector and municipal employers received the 2019 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award at a Pentagon ceremony for providing exceptional support to their employees who serve in the National Guard or Reserves.

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June 25, 2019Indeed Signs Department of Defense Statement of Support For Guard & Reserve Members

STAMFORD, Conn.Indeed, a global job site, has pledged its support for its past and present Reserve Component employees by signing an Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Statement of Support May 8.

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June 17, 2019Department of Defense Announces 2019 Recipients of the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award
WASHINGTON ­– The Department of Defense announced the 15 recipients of the 2019 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the highest U.S. government honor to employers for support of National Guard and Reserve employees. Learn More.