Contact Information

Sage Maker Volunteer Support Technician 541 Airport Rd.
Warwick RI 02886

Rhode Island

Committee Leadership

Mr. Mike Ritz State Chair
Mr. Phil Albert Vice Chair
Mr. Tom Klump Employer Outreach Director
Mr. John Mulattieri Military Outreach Director
Mr. Bill Sloyer Ombudsman Director
Mr. Ron Whittemore Volunteer Coordinator


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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March 20, 2017Two Rhode Island employers are among finalist for prestigious Defense Department Employer Support Freedom Award

WARWICK, R.I. – Two Rhode Island employers are among 30 finalists nationwide for the 2017 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the highest recognition given by the Defense Department to employers for their support of National Guard and Reserve members.

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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.
March 08, 2017West Warwick Police Department members receive Department of Defense Patriot Awards

WEST WARWICK, R.I. – At a ceremony held at the West Warwick Police Department Youth Center, West Warwick Feb. 28, four members of the West Warwick Police Department were recognized with Patriot Awards from the Rhode Island Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.

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