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Maj. Gen. Michael D. Roache, chief of staff, United States Army Reserve Command, and chair members of the North Carolina Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), signed a statement of support here Nov. 2, 2021.

“The Army Reserve pledges to stand proudly with the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve in support of USAR Soldiers; as our service members continue to answer the nation's call to support our communities at home and fulfill critical missions throughout the world as part of the Joint Force,” Roache said

Army Reserve Soldiers cannot defend and protect us at home or abroad without the commitment and sacrifices of their civilian employers.

“Their sacrifices are essential to the strength of our nation. Thank you for all you do for USAR Soldiers, veterans and family members.”

Roache called Army Reserve and National Guard Soldiers heroes who “find the balance between their careers, families and service.”

Signing the statement of support demonstrates the U. S. Army Reserve’s commitment to and appreciation for ESGR.

By signing the statement of support, Army Reserve leadership commits to recognizing, honoring and complying with the 1994 Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act; equipping supervisors with the tools necessary to manage Guard and Reserve employees effectively; acknowledging the values, leadership and unique skills service members bring to the workforce; and to continually recognize and support America’s military personnel and their families in peace, in crises and in war.

Established in 1972, ESGR became a Department of Defense program dedicated to developing and promoting supportive work environments for National Guard and Reserve service members through outreach, recognition and educational opportunities that increase awareness of applicable laws. Additionally, ESGR assists service members and their employers in resolving conflicts.

For more information about ESGR outreach programs or volunteer opportunities, call 1-800-336-4590, option 1, email OSD.USERRA@mail.mil, or visit www.ESGR.mil.