BENSALEM, Pa. – The Pennsylvania Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense program, announced today that Healthcare Services Group, Inc. signed a Statement of Support in recognition of extraordinary support of employees serving in the Pennsylvania’s Guard and Reserve. Pennsylvania ESGR is particularly proud to have employers like Healthcare Services Group, Inc., affirm strong and patriotic support of employees serving in our nation’s Reserve forces during ESGR’s 50th Anniversary year.
According to PA ESGR Southeast Area Volunteer James Wong, “the Statement of Support” program is the cornerstone of ESGR’s effort to gain and maintain employer support for the Guard and Reserve. The intent of the program 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, the Healthcare Services Group, Inc., pledges that their 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.”
Healthcare Services Group, Inc., joins many Pennsylvania employers that express their support of service members in the Guard and Reserves. Specific points of a Statement of Support pledges that an organization adopts the following beliefs:
Healthcare Services Group, Inc.’s CEO Theodore Wahl signed the statement of support on behalf of the company which employs over 400 members of the Guard, Reserves, and Veterans across 48 States; and, according to Wahl the company desires to hire more of these talented individuals. Wong added: “In signing the ESGR Statement of Support Wahl is committed to enabling his employees in the Reserve Components to fulfill their dual roles as a trusted company employee and member of the Armed Forces.” Wahl highlighted that employees who have military experience fit well with the company’s core values that include supporting the community, providing needed services, committing to the mission/goals, and teamwork.
“Today, supportive employers are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s Guard and Reserve units,” said Wong. “I am asking all Southeast Area Pennsylvania employers to take a look at their current human resources policies to incorporate policies supportive of Guard and Reserve employees.” Many Pennsylvania 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.”
Healthcare Services Group, Inc., joins a cadre of Fortune 500 companies, state and federal, agencies and thousands of America’s employers in demonstrating support for our armed forces. Wong added: “By signing the Statement of Support, the Healthcare Services Group, Inc., 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, 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.