San Diego, CA, August 16, 2005 --(PR.com
)-- Mr. David Janes, National Chairman for the National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, (ESGR), an agency of the Department of Defense, announced that Mr. Louis Abramson, National Commander of the Jewish War Veterans (JWV), will sign a Statement of Support for the Guard and Reserve on Thursday, August 18, 2005 at the JWV National Convention to be held at the San Diego Mission Valley Hilton Hotel in San Diego, California.
“Today, supportive employers are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s National Guard and Reserve units. I am asking all of America’s employers to review and amend their current human resource policies to ensure compliance with the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-Employment Rights Act Law (USERRA)”, said Janes. “This is a significant event not only for the JWV, but for all of America’s veterans organizations.”
“By signing the Statement of Support, the 50,000 members of the JWV stand proudly with National Guardsmen and Reservists from all across America, who like the Minute Men before them, continue to answer their nation’s call to defend our way of life. Their personal sacrifices are essential to the strength of our nation”, added Janes.
“Guardsmen and Reservists are playing a pivotal role in the defense of freedom at home and on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan. It is imperative that we do all that we can to ensure that they and their families receive fair treatment from their employers while they are on the frontlines fighting for our freedom,” stressed Commander Louis Abramson. “Support for our Guardsmen and Reservists is a natural goal for our organization as our citizen-soldiers are deployed across the world in the fight against terrorism,” added Commander Abramson.
According to Janes, “The JWV is joining a growing cadre of Fortune 500 companies, state and federal agencies, and thousands of America’s employers who have pledged support for our troops. A Statement of Support serves two very vital functions: First, it demonstrates the strong level of support of our Guard and Reserve, which is important during this critical time. Secondly, it sends a clear message to the service members that while they are serving their country, they do not have to worry about their civilian jobs.”
The Jewish War Veterans of the USA, founded in 1896 as a direct result of the slander that Jews had not participated in the military during the War Between the States, is the oldest active veterans organization in the country. JWV is dedicated to America’s veterans. Though its hospital, rehabilitation and veteran’s service programs, JWV assists the Veteran’s Service Offices in major cities throughout the country. JWV supports the underprivileged. homeless, and handicapped of our nation through a variety of civic betterment projects, including low-cost, federally subsidized senior citizen housing.
Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) is a Department of Defense agency established in 1972. The mission of ESGR is to gain and maintain active support from all public and private employers for the men and women of the National Guard and Reserve. ESGR volunteers provide free education, consultation, and if needed, mediation for employers of Guard and Reserve employees.
As the 1.2 million members of the National Guard and Reserve continue to perform an increasing number of unique missions that require extraordinary actions on the part of everyday citizens, ESGR will continue to be the informational agency for the employers of America’s Patriots. More information about ESGR Employer Outreach Programs and volunteer opportunities is available at www.esgr.mil, or call the National Committee at 800-336-4590.