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WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump issued a proclamation August 16 to declare August 18-24 National Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Week.  The proclamation encourages Americans across the United States and its territories to honor organizations that are supportive of their employees' National Guard and Reserve military service. 

The president praised supportive employers in the proclamation, stating, "Employers who support the National Guard and Reserve are essential to the Nation’s ability to sustain an all-volunteer force. Their flexibility, generosity, and understanding enable reserve component service members to maintain meaningful and successful civilian careers while serving their country. Regardless of financial hardship or inconvenience, these patriotic employers provide job security when employees answer the call of duty, as well as encouragement and stability to their families during times of deployment. In choosing service over self-interest, these employers share in the mission of protecting our democratic principles and our Nation’s well‑being." 

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve State Committees will honor supportive employers, and the week will culminate with the presentation of the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award to 15 organizations in a ceremony at the Pentagon August 23. The Freedom Award is the highest U.S. government honor for employers of National Guard and Reserve Employees. For more information about the Freedom Award, visit

For the complete proclamation text, visit:   

About ESGR 
ESGR is a Department of Defense program that develops and promotes supportive work environments for Service members in the Reserve Components through outreach, recognition, and educational opportunities that increase awareness of applicable laws. It also provides assistance in resolving conflicts between Service members and their employers.  To learn more, visit


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