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Bridgeport, W.Va. – The West Virginia Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense office announces that all superintendents in the 55 counties representing the West Virginia Board of Education signed Statements of Support in recognition of extraordinary support of employees serving in the West Virginia Guard and Reserve.  The West Virginia Board of Education affirm strong and patriotic support of employees serving in the nation’s reserve forces during ESGR’s 50th Anniversary year. 

Johnnie Ross, ESGR Southern Area Volunteer, first briefed the superintendents concerning Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) to increase employer support by encouraging employers to act as advocates for employee participation in the military.  Mr. Ross stated, “Supportive business leaders and supervisors are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s Guard and Reserve units.” 

The West Virginia Board of Education Superintendents join many West Virginia employers expressing their support of service members in the Guard and Reserve.  Specific points of a Statement of Support pledges that an organization adopts the following beliefs:

  • We fully recognize, honor, and comply with the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act.
  • We appreciate the values, leadership and unique skills Service members bring to the workforce and will encourage opportunities to employ Guardsmen, Reservists, transitioning Service members and Veterans.

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 (800) 336-4590 or visit

Pictured: CSM Jones, Robert Mellace and Johnnie Ross

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