JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – The Pennsylvania Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense program, announced today that 46 employers and three local, state, and federal officials signed a Statement or Support (SOS) in recognition of extraordinary support of its employees serving in the Pennsylvania’s Guard and Reserve.
Three government officials were among those signing: Johnstown Mayor Frank Janakovic; Pennsylvania 71st District Representative James Rigby; and Pennsylvania 15th U.S. Congressional District Congressman Glenn “GT” Thompson.
The SOS signings took place at the 30th anniversary of the Department of Defense oriented Showcase for Commerce held at the 1st Summit Arena in the Cambria County War Memorial. Approximately 1,500 peopled representing over 100 exhibiters attended the event. Joining Pennsylvania ESGR State Chair Marty Kuhar in representing ESGR were Mountain Area Chair Bill Richards and Volunteers Greg and Polly Simmons.
According to Kuhar, “the Statement of Support (SOS)” is the cornerstone of ESGR’s effort to gain and maintain employer support for the Guard and Reserve. The intent of the Statement of Support is to increase employer support by encouraging employers to act as advocates for employee participation in the military. Supportive employers are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the Nation’s Guard and Reserve units. By signing a Statement of Support, employers pledge that the organization is highly supportive of the Pennsylvania National Guard and Reserves. Supportive business leaders and supervisors are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s Guard and Reserve units.”
Specific points of a Statement of Support pledges that an organization adopts the following beliefs:
ESGR, a Department of Defense program, seeks to foster a culture in which all employers support and value the employment and military service of members of the National Guard and Reserve in the United States. ESGR facilitates and promotes a cooperative culture of employer support for National Guard and Reserve service by developing and advocating mutually beneficial initiatives, recognizing outstanding employer support, increasing awareness of applicable laws and policies, resolving potential conflicts between employers and their service members, and acting as the employers’ principal advocate within DoD. Paramount to ESGR's mission is encouraging employment of Guardsmen and Reservists who bring integrity, global perspective and proven leadership to the civilian workforce.
For more information about ESGR Outreach Programs, or ESGR volunteer opportunities, please call 1-800-336-4590 or visit www.ESGR.mil/PA.