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The award recognizes employers at the state and local levels who have exceeded the legal requirements for granting leaves and providing support for military duty by their employees.
Additionally, two Charleston Area Alliance staff members received individual awards. Matt Ballard, president and CEO, and Lesley Hager, project assistant, were presented with the prestigious “Seven Seals” Award.
The “Seven Seals” Award is the highest award ESGR gives to an individual and is symbolic of the seven services that comprise the Reserve components. It acknowledges individuals whose initiative and support, over time, promote the ESGR mission.
The Alliance has long been a supporter of the National Guard and ESGR in West Virginia. The community, business and economic development organization worked with Yeager Airport, the Kanawha County Commission, Gov. Joe Manchin, Sen. Robert C. Byrd, Sen. Jay Rockefeller and Gen. Allen Tackett during the BRAC process several years ago to help save the 130th Airlift Wing. In addition, the Alliance has partnered with ESGR to help educate regional businesses about the benefits of employing the men and women of the Guard and the tremendous benefit to the private sector generated from National Guard training.
“The men and women serving our country have enough to worry about while deployed,” Hager said. “It’s critical we don’t add to their concerns by helping ensure they have their jobs waiting on them when they return home. It just made sense to bring this issue to our membership, which collectively represents more than 40,000 employees in the Charleston area, and assist in educating them about the opportunities related to employing someone in the Guard or Reserve.”
Almost half of our nation’s military strength resides in the National Guard and Reserve. These brave men and women perform critical roles such as homeland defense and continue to serve around the world to ensure our freedom. Members of the National Guard are also frequently called on by the Governor to provide disaster assistance in our communities. All of this would not be possible without the support from employers just like you.
This link between members of the Guard and Reserve and their civilian employers led to the creation of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). ESGR is a Department of Defense agency that seeks to develop and promote a culture in which all American employers support and value the military service of their employees by recognizing outstanding support, increasing awareness of the law and resolving conflicts through mediation.
Established in 1972, ESGR operates via a network of hundreds of volunteers within 56 Field Committees throughout the United States. West Virginia has 48 volunteers located throughout the state who work with employers and service members to educate them about their responsibilities and obligations. When necessary ESGR volunteers provide informal mediation of employment issues between employers and service members.
Through a national and local organizational structure, ESGR provides the following services to assist members of the Guard and Reserve and their civilian employers:
RECOGNITION: We applaud employers who practice personnel policies that support employee participation in the National Guard and Reserve. Employers are nominated for the “My Boss is a Patriot” award by their service member employees. Employers who go “above and beyond” what the law requires to provide support may be nominated for the “Freedom Award” that is given by the Department of Defense annually to outstanding employers. (more…)