Contact Information

Verna Walcott Volunteer Support Technician RR1 Box 9201 Virgin Islands National Guard - JFHQ
Kingshill VI 00850

US Virgin Islands

Committee Leadership

Mr. Stanley Jones State Chair
Vacant Vice Chair
Vacant Area Chair - St. Thomas / St. John
Ms. Hollis McIntosh Area Chair - St. Croix
Ms. Zandra Petersen Ombudsman Director
Ms. Lorelie Clarke Training Director
Ms. Julia Joseph-Simon Employer Outreach Director
Mr. Kenny Walcott Military Outreach Director
Ms. Shereen Grouby Public Affairs Director / 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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June 17, 2019Department of Defense Announces 2019 Recipients of the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award
WASHINGTON ­– The Department of Defense announced the 15 recipients of the 2019 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the highest U.S. government honor to employers for support of National Guard and Reserve employees. Learn More.
April 02, 2019St. Thomas Port Authority presented Patriot Award

ST.THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands – Virgin Islands Port Authority supervisor Jeanine Blyden received the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Patriot Award March 12. Blyden, a warehouse supervisor, was nominated by Omari Forde, a specialist in the Virgin Islands Army National Guard, 610th Quartermaster Company.

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April 01, 2019St. Thomas employers learn role under USERRA

ST.THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands – St. Thomas employers attended the Virgin Islands Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (VI-ESGR) Briefing with the Boss, March 13. The BWB breakfast, held at Victor’s New Hideout, hosted representatives of local government agencies and Virgin Islands National Guard military representatives.

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