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Illinois Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve is one of 54 ESGR State Committees nationwide working with a common purpose - to promote a culture in which all American employers support and value the military service of their employees who also serve in the National Guard and Reserve.

Illinois ESGR works through a network of dedicated volunteers throughout the state who carry out this mission. Our volunteers conduct employer outreach programs, including informational briefings and events, neutral mediation and recognition of employers whose policies support or encourage military service. We also work to inform and educate thousands of Reserve Component members regarding their rights and responsibilities under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) and ways to develop and maintain a good relationship their employer.

Contact Information

Kathy Kozak Volunteer Support Technician 8660 W. Cermak Rd.
North Riverside IL 60546
309-567-6111
kathy.a.kozak.ctr@mail.mil

LTC Loren Easter Program Manager 1301 North MacArthur Blvd
Springfield IL 62702
217-761-3642
loren.j.easter.mil@mail.mil

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January 15, 2021ESGR Concludes Successful Secretary of Defense Freedom Award Nomination

WASHINGTON – Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) proudly announces a successful 2021 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award nomination season. ESGR received 3,382 nominations for this prestigious award for employers throughout the 50 states, Guam-CNMI, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and District of Columbia. 

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October 06, 2020Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve announces newly appointed Committee Chairs

WASHINGTON – Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense program, is pleased to announce the selection and swearing in of 12 new ESGR State Chairs.

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September 28, 2020Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award Nomination Season Opens October 1
WASHINGTON -  The Department of Defense is pleased to announce the 2021 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award Nomination Season opens October 1, 2020. The Award, commonly referred to as the Freedom Award, is the highest recognition given by the U.S. Government to employers for exemplary support of their National Guard and Reserve employees. Learn More.