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Washington

Committee Leadership

Mr. Phil Sanders State Chair
Mr. Ty Corbett State Vice Chair
Ms. Hannah M. Schoepp East Area Chair
Ms. Judy West East Central Co-Chair
Mr. James "Jim" Rabideau East Central Co-Chair
Mr. John Fulghum King County Chair
Mr. John Natterstad North Area Chair
Mr. Art McCallum South Chair
Ms. Jennifer Hibbs South Co-Chair
Mr. Ohad Lowy and Ms. Mary Miller South Sound Co Chairs
Mr. Jon Ison West Central Chair
Mr. Burt Backman Awards Director
Mr. Paul “Frosty” Frost Employer Outreach Director
Mr. Jim Miller Military Outreach Director
Mr. Larry Kirchner Ombudsman Director
Mr. John Natterstad Asst. Ombudsman Director
Mr. Ohad Lowy Public Affairs Director
Mr. Ken Schwarm Training Director

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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April 21, 2021ESGR Recognizes 2020 Volunteers of the Year

ALEXANDRIA, Va. –­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve announces the 2020 Volunteers of the Year (VOTY). Volunteers who serve in following functional and operational areas were nominated by their respective State Committee for the prestigious honor of being named Volunteer of the Year: Military Outreach, Employer Outreach, Public Affairs, Training, Ombudsman, and Operations.

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April 08, 2021Drive509 owner and operator honored by Department of Defense for patriotic support

SPOKANE, Wash. – Jason Boudreau, owner and operator of Drive509, received the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Patriot Award recently for the extraordinary support he provides his employee Washington Army National Guard Pfc. Theodore Ratcliff, an instructor at Drive509.

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March 28, 2021Department of Defense Announces 2021 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award FInalists

WASHINGTON – Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) proudly announces the 30 finalists for the 2021 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The finalists include small and large private and public sector employers nominated by a National Guard or Reserve Component employee employed in their organization. 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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