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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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Bruce Cherney Volunteer Support Technician Ben Franklin Center, Arden Hills Army Training Site 1536 Ben Franklin Dr., #1061
Arden Hills MN 55112

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October 14, 2021Wright County Sheriff's Department honored with ESGR Pro Patria Award

Buffalo, Minn.:  U.S. Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Nathan Price was proud to present the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Pro Patria Award to his employer, the Wright County Sheriff's Department in a ceremony held October 13. His supervisor, Captain Patrick O'Malley received the award on behalf of the Department.

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October 07, 2021Minnesota Governor attends Medtronic Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award presentation ceremony

Minneapolis, Minn.: Medtronic, a multinational corporation based in Minneapolis, was presented a 2021 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award in a ceremony attended by Minnesota Governor Tim Walz at Medtronic's offices. Also in attendance to accept the award on behalf of Medtronic was CEO Geoff Martha. 

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September 30, 2021Freedom Award Nomination Season Now Open

WASHINGTON – Do you have a story to tell about how exceptional your employer’s support is to Guard and Reserve service members?  If your employer goes above and beyond in their support for Guardsmen or Reservists, nominate them for the 2022 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award!

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