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Gary Aten Volunteer Support Technician 1620 E. Saginaw St
Lansing MI 48912

Michael L. Peplinski Program Support Specialist 29080 Wilbur Wright Blvd Building 50 Room 201
Selfridge ANGB MI 48045


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.
October 04, 2016Davenport University signs Statement of Support for Guard and Reserve members

LANSING, Mich. – Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense program, announced Executive Vice President for Organizational Development Dave Veneklase at Davenport University, signed a Statement of Support for the Guard and Reserve Sept. 30 at the university’s Lansing Campus in front of more than 20 attendees.

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August 26, 2016Consumers Energy supervisor receives Department of Defense award

WEST BRANCH, Mich. – A Consumers Energy meter reading supervisor has been recognized by the Defense Department for her willingness to accommodate an employee and National Guard reservist’s military training schedule.

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