Contact Information

Rita McCallister Volunteer Support Technician 1679 Coonskin Drive
Charleston WV 25311

Dave Cyrus Program Support Specialist 285 Aviation Drive
Williamstown WV 26187

West Virginia

Committee Leadership

Mr. John Miller Chair
Mr. Joel Miltenberger Vice Chair
Mr. Dan Lanier Chair Emeritus
Mr. Sam Haddad Military Outreach/Metro Area Chair
Mr. John Finlayson Employer Outreach Director & Training
Mr. Joel Miltenberger Volunteer Management Coordinator
Mr. Jonathan Schafler Ombudsman Director
Mr.Charles Brannon Asst. Ombudsman Director
Ms. Megan Jenkins Public Affairs Director
Mr. James Crawford Eastern Area Chair
Mr. Bill Wooton  Southern Area Chair
Mr. Gerald "Pete" Knapp Ohio River Area Chair
North Western Area Chair


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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February 18, 2020Contura Energy signs Statement of Support for Guard and Reserve members

CLEAR CREEK, W.Va. – Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense program, announced Contura Energy signed a Statement of Support for the Guard and Reserve Jan. 28, at Contura Energy in front of their employees and state chair John Miller West Virginia Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.  

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January 22, 2020CSX Transportation supervisor receives Patriot Award

HINTON, W.Va. – Patrick Osborne with CSX Transportation was presented with a Patriot Award Jan. 10 by West Virginia Employer Support volunteers John Finlayson, Dr. Rick Ferris and Dr. Avas Hamon in recognition of extraordinary support of employees serving in the Guard and Reserve.

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January 22, 2020Plateau Medical Center supervisor receives Department of Defense Patriot Award

OAK HILL, W.Va. – Belinda Bennett with Plateau Medical Center was presented with a spousal Patriot award Jan. 7 by West Virginia Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve State Chair John Miller in recognition of extraordinary support of a spouse whose husband is serving in the Guard and Reserve.

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