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            Pennsylvania ESGR remembers and honors longtime volunteer

HORSHAM, Pa. – Pennsylvania ESGR morns the loss of longtime volunteer William Rozier who passed away on June 5, 2022.  Rozier had 22 years of service with ESGR and was a Mountain Area Chair for 10 years.  Most committee members fondly remember him as an outgoing individual who was a consummate supporter of ESGR’s mission; he routinely volunteered to brief employers and service members about the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA).  

Prior to joining ESGR, Rozier was a member of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.  His military service spanned 40 years until his retirement in 1995, serving with the 28th Military Police as the Operations Sergeant Major.  Upon retirement, he became a member of the 28th Military Police Retired Association.

State Chair Marty Kuhar and Mountain Area Chair William Richardson presented Rozier’s family with an ESGR “Twice the Citizen” award in recognition of his service to employers and our citizen service members.  In presenting the award, Kuhar said: “We in Pennsylvania were very fortunate to have William Rozier as a long-term member of the state committee.  He was a true patriot and friend to all those in the military and their families.”

Rozier’s wife of 64 years, C. Helen “Billie” and one of his sons Stephon accepted the award and were very grateful for the recognition.  Kuhar said she related “how her husband was so proud to be a part of DoD’s ESGR.  It was like a continuation of his military career.” 

ESGR created the “Twice the Citizen” award to publicly recognize the families of individuals who provided outstanding service to ESGR and its mission.  In addition to service recognition, the award’s intent is to thank family members for their sacrifice in giving up time with their loved one in support of our nation’s national defense.  Kuhar noted: “Bill’s legacy is his dedication and contribution to maintaining the strength and readiness of our nation’s Guard and Reserve forces.”

State Chair Emeritus Denise Enders (2011–2017) said: “It was a pleasure to work with Bill Rozier during my tenure as the PA Committee Chairperson. His long-time support as a volunteer, his professionalism, and his passion for helping service members were commendable. 

State Chair Emeritus (2008–2011 and 2017–2020) and Southeast Area Chair Wes Craig presented Rozier with an ESGR Lifetime Achievement Award and said of his service: “Bill Rozier was a true American Patriot, fellow soldier and dedicated ESGR volunteer.  He regularly briefed units in the Johnstown area and solicited attendees for Boss Lift. He was dedicated to the ESGR mission. A friendly man who I got to know through his son who was also a member of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.  I will miss Bill a lot.”

Rozier’s dedication to those who are America’s uniformed service members predates his membership on the Pennsylvania ESGR committee.  In addition to his Army National Guard service, he was an active member of the 28th Military Police Association and fully understood the challenges of being a Citizen Soldier. Rozier put his experiences to good use as he worked to support our service members in the Guard and Reserve. 

To say that Rozier’s dedication to ESGR, our uniformed services, leadership, devotion to duty and country is a great loss is an understatement!  He was an exceptional individual and friend to all who knew him, Rest in Peace good and faithful servant.

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