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Committee Leadership

Mr. Scott Legwold State Chair
Mr. Jerry Clusen Vice Chair
Mr. Steve Day Area 1 Chair
Mr. Bob Strange Area 2 Chair
Mr. Jim Papovich Area 3 Chair
Mr. Gerry Meyer Area 4 Chair
Mr. Dave Monk Area 5 Chair
Mr. Mike Kastens Area 6 Chair
Mr. LeRoy Frahm Ombudsman Director
Mrs. Heather Papovich Public Affairs Director
Mr. Jeff Unger Awards Director
Mr. Jim Malcolm Employer Outreach Director
Mr. John Rhyner Military Outreach Director
Mr. John Schroeder Training Director
Mr. Gene Schmitz Bosslift Coordinator
Mr. Bob Roth ESGR State Historian
Vacant Volunteer Management 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.

Contact Information

Michael Hallquist Volunteer Support Technician 1730 North Lane
Eau Claire WI 54703

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July 31, 2022Hudson Rotary Club receives ESGR Briefing

HUDSON, Wis. – With excellent coordination between Scott Legwold, Wisconsin ESGR State Chair and Thomas Simonet, Minnesota ESGR State Chair, a briefing regarding the importance of Uniformed Services Employment and Re-Employment Rights Act (USERRA) was given to the members of the Hudson Rotary.  

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April 10, 2022Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Announces 2021 Volunteers of Year

ALEXANDRIA, Va. –­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ In this our 50th year, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve proudly announces the 2021 Volunteers of the Year (VOTY). Volunteers who serve in following functional and operational areas were nominated by their respective State Committee for the prestigious honor of being named Volunteer of the Year: Military Outreach, Employer Outreach, Public Affairs, Training, Ombudsman, and Operations.

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March 21, 2022Department of Defense Announces 2022 Employer Support Freedom Award Finalists

WASHINGTON – In this our 50th year, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) proudly announces the 30 finalists for the 2022 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The finalists include small and large private and public sector employers nominated by a National Guard or Reserve Component employee employed in their organization. ESGR received 2,777 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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