Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve

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Develop and promote employer support for Guard and Reserve Services

Tonia Randall
ESGR Program Support Technician
1000 Halsey Ave BLD 447 
Marietta GA 30060

ESGR Programs

  • Military Outreach
  • Employment Outreach
  • Briefing with the Boss (BWB), Statement of Support, Boss Lift, & Hero to Hired (H2H)
  • Patriot & Freedom Awards
  • Ombudsman Services


How ESGR Can Help

ESGR understands the unique talents and skill set Guard and Reserve Service members can bring to the civilian workforce. To make this arrangement work, both parties must be aware of their rights and responsibilities under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA). ESGR is here to help! With an ESGR committee in each state, territory, and the District of Columbia, there is an ESGR representative able to help you forge a stronger bond with your supervisor through a greater understanding of your military service.

As part of our outreach efforts, ESGR offers employer programs such as Bosslifts, employer briefings, and job fairs in your local area. Visit the Events page to see if there is something near you.

There are ways to say “thanks for your military service,” and ways to say “thanks for your support.” ESGR offers a Statement of Support program where employers can sign a pledge to support the military service of their employees. Simultaneously, ESGR offers a progressive awards program so you can nominate a supportive supervisor or employer for support that goes above and beyond what is required by law.

Our hope is by creating a culture in which all American employers value the military service of their employees, we will limit any issues between employers and Service members. When issues do arise, ESGR offers free, neutral mediation and information on what the law requires.

Nominate Your Employer
There are two ways you can recognize your supervisor or employer for his/her support of your military service:

Patriot Award – This award recognizes supervisors and bosses nominated by a Guardsman or Reservist employee for support provided directly to the nominator. Spouses of Service members are also eligible to nominate their supportive supervisor.

Guard or Reserve Member - Nominate Here!    
Spouses - Nominate Here!

Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award – This award is the highest recognition given by the U.S. Government to employers for their outstanding support of employees serving in the Guard and Reserve. Each year, Guard and Reserve employees, or a family member acting on their behalf, have the opportunity to nominate their employer for the Employer Support Freedom Award. Nominate your employer during nomination season (October 1-December 31 each year) by logging on to www.FreedomAward.mil and clicking Nominate Employer at the top of the page.