Committee Leadership

Ms. Jean O'Sullivan State Chair
Mr. Shawn Bryan Chair Emeritus
Mr. Jerry Manock
Vice Chair
VACANT Public Affairs Director
Mr. John desGroseilliers Ombudsman Director
Mr. William Sullivan Training Director
Ms. Pam Brown Employer Outreach 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.
March 07, 2017Vermont Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Committee names new leader

MONTPELIER, Vt. – The Vermont Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) committee is pleased to announce that Jean O’Sullivan, of Burlington, has been confirmed by Headquarters ESGR as the new State Chair. In that role, Jean will provide leadership and vision for the Vermont committee, comprised primarily of volunteers and a small full-time support staff.

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February 28, 2017University of Vermont Medical Center supervisors honored by Department of Defense

Burlington, Vt. – University of Vermont Medical Center Joelyn Niggel, RN and Melissa Petry were presented the Department of Defense Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Patriot Awards on Feb. 15.

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