Mercer joins ESGR Statement of Support signing with Hanover County Public Schools

Susan P. Dibble, chair of the Hanover County School Board, signs the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Statement of Support on behalf of Hanover County Public Schools, Oct. 10, 2017, in Ashland, Virginia. The Hanover County School Board approved the statement with a unanimous vote, and Dibble signed the statement flanked by Dr. Michael B. Gill, superintendent of Hanover County Public Schools, retired Chief Master Sgt. Robert Barnette, ESGR Central Virginia Area Chair, and Brig. Gen. Walter L. Mercer, Virginia National Guard Assistant Adjutant General-Army. (U.S. National Guard photo by Cotton Puryear)

ASHLAND, Va. — Brig. Gen. Walter L. Mercer, Virginia National Guard Assistant Adjutant General-Army, joined the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Statement of Support signing with Hanover County Public Schools, Oct. 10, 2017, in Ashland, Virginia. The Hanover County School Board approved the statement with a unanimous vote, and Susan P. Dibble, chair of the Hanover County School Board, signed the statement flanked by Dr. Michael B. Gill, superintendent of Hanover County Public Schools, and retired Chief Master Sgt. Robert Barnette, ESGR Central Virginia Area Chair, and Mercer.

According to the ESGAR web site, “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.”

The first Statement of Support was signed December 13, 1972, in the Office of the Secretary of Defense by the Chairman of the Board of General Motors. President Richard Nixon was the first President to sign a Statement of Support, and in 2005 every Federal Cabinet Secretary and all Federal agencies signed a Statement of Support to signify their continuing efforts to be model employers. Since its inception, hundreds of thousands of employers have signed Statements of Support, pledging their support to Guard and Reserve employees.

Employers signing a statement of support pledge that:

We fully recognize, honor, and comply with the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act.

We will provide our managers and supervisors with the tools they need to effectively manage employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve.
We appreciate the values, leadership, and unique skills Service members bring to the workforce and will encourage opportunities to hire Guardsmen, Reservists, and Veterans.

We will continually recognize and support our country’s Service members and their families, in peace, in crises, and in war.

Learn more about the ESGR Statement of Support Program at https://esgr.mil/Employers/Statement-of-Support.

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