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ORLANDO, Fla. – Florida Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense program, announced signed a Statement of Support for the Guard and Reserve Aug. 26 at The Amway Center in front of approximately 100 people.

The Statement of Support confirms joins other employers in pledging:

  • We fully recognize, honor and comply with the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-Employment Rights Act (USERRA).
  • We will provide our managers and supervisors with the tools they need to effectively manage employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve.
  • We appreciate the values, leadership and unique skills service members bring to the workforce and will encourage opportunities to hire Guardsmen, Reservists and Veterans.
  • We will continually recognize and support our country’s service members and their families, in peace, in crises and in war.

“Today, supportive employers are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s Guard and Reserve units,” said Florida ESGR State Chair Rita Broadway. “I am asking all Florida employers to take a look at their current human resources policies to incorporate policies supportive of Guard and Reserve employees.” Many Florida employers provide support above and beyond their legal requirements by law by offering pay-differential to offset the loss of wages, and extension of health care benefits, which complement coverage provided by the military, when their employees mobilize.”

When asked about the criteria, Broadway said, “By meeting the Statement of Support criteria, pledges to stand proudly with its Guard and Reserve employees, who continue to answer their nation’s call to support our communities at home and critical missions throughout the world. Their sacrifices are essential to the strength of our nation.” Founder and President Roger Lear said, “Members of the National Guard and Reserve make outstanding employees. These men and women bring noteworthy traits such as professionalism, responsibility, an understanding of diversity, and much more to the workplace.” joins a cadre of Fortune 500 companies, state and federal, agencies and thousands of America’s employers in demonstrating support for our armed forces,” added Broadway “By signing the Statement of Support, is sending a clear message to its employees that while they are serving their country, they do not have to worry about their civilian jobs.”

ESGR is a Department of Defense program that develops and promotes supportive work environments for service members in the National Guard and Reserve through outreach, recognition, and educational opportunities that increase awareness of applicable laws. ESGR also provides assistance in resolving conflicts between Service members and their employers.

For more information about ESGR outreach programs or volunteer opportunities, call 1-800-336-4590 or visit

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