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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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!
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – Twenty-five employers who employee Citizen Soldiers who serve with the Air Force Reserve 446th Airlift Wing (AW), Washington State’s only Air Force Reserve flying unit, got a rare chance to see firsthand the type of work their employees do when called to serve their Nation.
Joint Base Lewis McChord, Wash. – Jim Witwer, project manager with Military Aviation and Commercial Cleaning Services (MACCS), was presented the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Patriot Award by Ohad Lowy, South Sound area co-chair for the Washington ESGR and Kate Lowy, Washington ESGR military outreach coordinator, in recognition of his support he provided his then-employee serving in the Navy Reserve.