Contact Information

Benjamin Beaudry Volunteer Support Technician 360 Broad St.
Hartford CT 06015

Sean Brittell Program Support Specialist 360 Broad St.
Hartford CT 06015


Committee Leadership

Mr. Ted Graziani State Chair
Mr. Tom Pandolfi Vice Chair
Mr. Bill Vernile
Ombudsman Director
Ms. Jenn Worhle Employer Outreach Director
Mr. Ron Ferri Training Director


ESGR, a Department of Defense office, is comprised of dedicated and trained volunteers and staff. We will develop and promote employer support for Guard and Reserve service by advocating relevant initiatives, recognizing outstanding support, increasing awareness of applicable laws, and resolving conflict between employers and service members.

ESGR informs and educates service members and their civilian employers regarding their rights and responsibilities governed by the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA). ESGR does not have statutory authority to enforce, but serves as a neutral, free resource to employers and service members. ESGR’s trained ombudsmen provide mediation of issues relating to compliance with USERRA.

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WASHINGTON (March 13) – Employers that support their military employees’ service make all the difference in the world.  That support can include paying an employee the difference between their military and civilian pay during a deployment, or even offering a full salary for the duration.  It can also be arranging for a US senator to be on hand for a farewell ceremony.  Some companies show their commitment by targeting military for hiring, while others set up military affinity groups to learn how to better serve their military employees.  Still others pitch in and simply make life easier for the families of deployed service members. Learn More.
February 01, 2017Hebron Board of Education superintendent receives Patriot Award

HEBRON, Conn.—Superintendent Timothy Van Tassel of the Hebron Board of Education was presented with a Patriot Award on Jan. 12 by Tom Pandolfi, Connecticut Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve vice chair, in recognition of extraordinary support of his employee serving in the Guard and Reserve.

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August 26, 2016Connecticut ESGR honors 2016 Secretary of Defense Freedom Award nominees

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. – The Connecticut Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve committee recently held their annual Employer Awards Luncheon honoring the state’s 2016 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award nominees and semi-finalists. Two dozen employers were recognized for their contributions to Connecticut’s military community at the New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks on August 17, 2016.

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