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South Dakota

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

Priscilla Harkin Volunteer Support Technician 801 W. National Guard Drive
Sioux Falls SD 57104
605-357-2983
priscilla.h.harkin.ctr@mail.mil

CPT Chad Carlson Program Director 2823 West Main Street
Rapid City SD 57702
605-737-6540
chad.j.carlson.mil@mail.mil

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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.
August 31, 2020DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE ANNOUNCES RECIPIENTS OF THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE EMPLOYER SUPPORT FREEDOM AWARD

WASHINGTON ­– The Department of Defense is pleased to announce the 15 recipients of the 2020 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the highest U.S. government honor to employers for support of National Guard and Reserve employees.

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