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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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January 15, 2021ESGR Concludes Successful Secretary of Defense Freedom Award Nomination

WASHINGTON – Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) proudly announces a successful 2021 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award nomination season. ESGR received 3,382 nominations for this prestigious award for employers throughout the 50 states, Guam-CNMI, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and District of Columbia. 

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January 14, 2021Penske Truck Rental Supervisor honored by Department of Defense for Patriotic Support

LAKEWOOD, Wash. – Branch Service Manager Richard Swanson of Penske Truck Rental received the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Patriot Award recently for the extraordinary support he provides his employee Marine Corps Reserve Lance Cpl. Gerrit Sluyter who works as a diesel mechanic in his civilian job at Penske.

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January 03, 2021Federal Way Dentist receives Department of Defense Patriot Award

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. – Dr. Drew Beaty of Drew Beaty, DDS in Federal Way, Washington, was presented in a remote ceremony with a Patriot Award by Larry Kirchner, military outreach representative for the Washington Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, in recognition of his extraordinary support of an employee who serves in the United States Army Reserve.

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