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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.

Contact Information

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

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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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November 24, 2020Keyot Supervisor is Presented with a Department of Defense Award

BURNSVILLE, Minn. – Executive Officer 1st Lt. Ben Rurup, 1133rd Transportation Company, Minnesota Army National Guard, presented the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Patriot Award to his supervisor Tara Shaw of Keyot.

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November 17, 2020Blue Cross Blue Shield supervisors honored with Department of Defense Awards

EAGAN, Minn. – On Veterans Day at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, Marc Baer, vice president of health services, and Matt Johnson, director of marketing, received the Employer Support of The Guard and Reserve Patriot Awards during a virtual Veterans’ Day event Nov. 11, honoring Blue Cross associates who have served our country.

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