Committee Leadership

VACANT 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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August 23, 2019DOD Honors Employers of Guardsmen, Reservists
Fifteen private-sector and municipal employers received the 2019 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award at a Pentagon ceremony for providing exceptional support to their employees who serve in the National Guard or Reserves. Learn More.
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 15, 2019Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Seeks Nominations for Vermont ESGR State Chair
BERLIN, Vt. – The Vermont Committee of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (VTESGR) announces the launch of their formal search for the next ESGR State Chair. The State Chair is an official Department of Defense volunteer position with a three-year term of service, renewable one time. State Chairs are required to take an oath of office and they serve at the pleasure of the ESGR National Chair. The Vermont State Chair’s role is to provide the leadership and vision for a team of dedicated volunteers throughout Vermont to carry out the ESGR mission. Learn More.