Committee Leadership

Mr. Charles Martin State Chair
Mr. Shawn Bryan Chair Emeritus
Mr. Jerry Manock
Vice Chair
VACANT Public Affairs Director
Mr. John desGroseilliers Ombudsman Director
VACANT Training Director
VACANT Employer Outreach Director
Mr. Dan Pipes Military 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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October 02, 2019Portland Glass Area Manager honored with Department of Defense Patriot Award

NEWPORT, Vt. – On behalf of the Vermont committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, ESGR volunteer Dan Pipes was joined by the Vermont adjutant general, Brig. Gen. Greg Knight and Command Sgt. Maj. Nathan Chipman to present a Patriot Award to the area manager of Portland Glass. Accepting the award on behalf of recipient Jason Brochu was his brother Jamie Brochu.

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August 29, 2019Charles Martin named new Vermont Employer support of the Guard and Reserve Chair

MONTPELIER, Vt. – Vermont Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense program, is pleased to announce the selection of Charles Martin of Huntington as the new ESGR Chair for Vermont.

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August 28, 2019Vermont Governor Signs Proclamation

MONTPELIER, Vt. – Governor Phil Scott signed a proclamation at the State House Office on Wednesday, 21 August 2019 designating Aug. 19-23, as Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve week in Vermont. This ceremony acknowledged the ongoing support of civilian employers of our citizen warriors from all branches of the United States military.

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