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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense program, announced OhioHealth, e-signed a Statement of Support for the Guard and Reserve during Ohio ESGR’s Statement of Support Drive.  

The Statement of Support confirms OhioHealth joins other employers in pledging:

  • We fully recognize, honor and comply with the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-Employment Rights Act (USERRA).

  • We will provide our managers and supervisors with the tools they need to effectively manage employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve.

  • We appreciate the values, leadership and unique skills service members bring to the workforce and will encourage opportunities to hire Guardsmen, Reservists and Veterans.

  • We will continually recognize and support our country’s service members and their families, in peace, in crises and in war.

“Today, supportive employers are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s Guard and Reserve units,” said Michael Bamber, State Chair.  “I am asking all Ohio employers to take a look at their current human resources policies to incorporate policies supportive of Guard and Reserve employees.”  Many Ohio employers provide support above and beyond their legal requirements by law by offering pay-differential to offset the loss of wages, and extension of health care benefits, which complement coverage provided by the military, when their employees mobilize.”

Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Stephen Markovich, MD, President and CEO, OhioHealth adds: “As former Commander of the Ohio Air National Guard in Columbus, I have witnessed firsthand the dedication that the men and women of the National Guard and Reserves have to both their country and their place of employment. OhioHealth wholeheartedly supports the hiring of reservists and National Guard members.  These associates bring a great skillset to the workplace, including strong leadership, compassion and the ability to work well as part of a team.  We are thankful for their service to our country and to OhioHealth.”

“OhioHealth joins a cadre of Fortune 500 companies, state and federal, agencies and thousands of America’s employers in demonstrating support for our armed forces,” added Bamber.  “By signing the Statement of Support, OhioHealth is sending a clear message to its employees that while they are serving their country, they do not have to worry about their civilian jobs.”  

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

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