Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve celebrates its 44th birthday today, June 22, 2016.

Since 1972, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) has been supporting our National Guard and Reserve members, their families, and employers. Today, ESGR celebrates its 44th birthday by pledging to continue its march toward an environment where all employers support and value the employment of members of the National Guard and Reserve.

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ESGR’s more than 4,500 volunteers, in communities across the United States and its territories, work every day to accomplish their mission through military outreach, corporate engagement, recognition, and educational opportunities that increase awareness of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act and resolve employer conflicts between Service members and their employers.

As a volunteer-led organization, ESGR maintains a special relationship with the Service members, employers, and communities it serves. Over the past 14 years, volunteers have cultivated even stronger relationships in support of the historic number of Reserve Component activations (927,388 since 9/11).

Freedom Award ceremony, luncheon, and display unveiling. www.freedomaward.mil (August 21, 2015 - Pentagon - DoD photos by Steve Turner)

Freedom Award ceremony, luncheon, and display unveiling.
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(August 21, 2015 – Pentagon – DoD photos by Steve Turner)

ESGR has served our country during these last 44 years by fostering a culture in which all employers support and value the employment and military service of members of the National Guard and Reserve in the United States.

These citizen warriors could not defend and protect us at home and abroad without the continued promise of meaningful civilian employment for themselves and their families. ESGR has continued to adapt to meet the needs of Reserve Component members, their families, and America’s employers by joining forces with a network of other national, state, and local government and professional trade organizations.