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West Virginia

Committee Leadership

Mr. John Miller Chair
Mr. Joel Miltenberger Vice Chair
Mr. Dan Lanier Chair Emeritus
Mr. Sam Haddad Military Outreach Director
VACANT Employer Outreach Director
Mr. John Finlayson Training Director
Mr. Joel Miltenberger Volunteer Management Coordinator
Mr. Jonathan Schafler Ombudsman Director
Mr.Charles Brannon Asst. Ombudsman Director
VACANT Public Affairs Director
Mr. James Crawford Eastern Area Chair
VACANT Southern Area Chair
Mr. Gerald "Pete" Knapp Ohio River 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.

Contact Information

Rita McCallister Volunteer Support Technician 1679 Coonskin Drive
Charleston WV 25311

Brian Shaw State Program Coordinator 1679 Coonskin Drive
Charleston WV 25311


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April 13, 2022United States Property and Fiscal Office supervisor honored by Department of Defense for patriotic support

BUCKHANNON, W.Va. – Supervisor Vickie Rohr recently received the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Patriot Award presented by Brian Shaw and D. B. Allison of the ESGR Committee for the extraordinary support she provides her employee Sarah Harris a sergeant with the West Virginia Army National Guard.

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April 13, 2022West Virginia Governor signs Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Statement of Support

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – During an official ceremony, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice signed the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve’s (ESGR) Statement of Support, a formal commitment to support the Guard and Reserve in their careers during and after their service.

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April 10, 2022Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Announces 2021 Volunteers of Year

ALEXANDRIA, Va. –­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ In this our 50th year, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve proudly announces the 2021 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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