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Committee Leadership

Mr. Scott Legwold State Chair
Mr. Jerry Clusen Vice Chair
Mr. Steve Day Area 1 Chair
Mr. Bob Strange Area 2 Chair
Mr. Jim Papovich Area 3 Chair
Mr. Gerry Meyer Area 4 Chair
Mr. Dave Monk Area 5 Chair
Mr. Mike Kastens Area 6 Chair
Mr. LeRoy Frahm Ombudsman Director
Mrs. Heather Papovich Public Affairs Director
Mr. Jeff Unger Awards Director
Mr. Jim Malcolm Employer Outreach Director
Mr. John Rhyner Military Outreach Director
Mr. John Schroeder Training Director
Mr. Gene Schmitz Bosslift Coordinator
Mr. Bob Roth ESGR State Historian
Vacant Volunteer Management Coordinator

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

Michael Hallquist Volunteer Support Technician 1730 North Lane
Eau Claire WI 54703

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September 30, 20222023 Freedom Award Nomination Season Opens October 1

WASHINGTON ­– The 2023 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award nomination season opens October 1, meaning Guard and Reserve Service members across the nation can submit their exceptional employers for national recognition beginning October 1 until December 31.

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July 31, 2022Hudson Rotary Club receives ESGR Briefing

HUDSON, Wis. – With excellent coordination between Scott Legwold, Wisconsin ESGR State Chair and Thomas Simonet, Minnesota ESGR State Chair, a briefing regarding the importance of Uniformed Services Employment and Re-Employment Rights Act (USERRA) was given to the members of the Hudson Rotary.  

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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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