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PORTSMOUTH, N.H. – New Hampshire Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense program, announced today Trent Douthett, Deputy Director, received the ESGR Pro Patria Award in recognition of the extraordinary support of the National Visa Center’s employees who serve in the New Hampshire Guard and Reserve.

The ESGR Pro Patria Award was created to publicly recognize U.S. employers providing extraordinary patriotic support and cooperation to their employees who have answered their nation’s call to serve,” said ESGR State Chair Bruce Thompson. “Supportive employers are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s Guard and Reserve units.”

“National Guard and Reserve members bring tremendous skills and capabilities to our workforce, and employer support for their military service is critical to maintaining the strength of our Guard and Reserve units,” said James Moody, NH ESGR Vice Chair. “By valuing the military service of their Guard and Reserve employees, employers are directly supporting the readiness and retention of our All-Volunteer Force, and our national defense.”

The National Visa Center joins thousands of American employers who have reviewed and amended their current human resources policies to ensure compliance with the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA). Many employers provide support far beyond what USERRA requires, including pay differential to offset the loss of wages, and extension of health care benefits to complement coverage provided by the military when their employees mobilized.

ESGR is a Department of Defense program that develops and promotes supportive work environments for service members in the National Guard and Reserve through outreach, recognition, and educational opportunities that increase awareness of applicable laws. ESGR also provides assistance in resolving conflicts between Service members and their employers.
For more information about ESGR outreach programs or volunteer opportunities, call 1-800-336-4590 or visit .

Photo: Left to right:  James Moody-NH ESGR Vice Chair; Colonel Richard Oberman-Chief of Wellness, NHARNG; Colonel William, Davis-Director of Staff-Air, NHAG; Bruce Thompson-NH ESGR Chair, Trent Douthett-Deputy Director National Visa Center; Rick Mills- LDRM Operations Manager-National Visa Center; Matthew Hobert –QSI(Quality Support, Inc.) Management Analyst.

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