Showing support for Guard and Reserve

News Staff Report

Charlotte Boyle recently attended a meeting in Montgomery in observance of National Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Week (ESGR). Boyle has been a part of ESGR since 1997, serving as an ombudsman for three years.
ESGR, a Department of Defense office, was established in 1972 to promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve Component Service members and their civilian employers and to assist in the resolution of conflicts arising from an employee’s military commitment.
President Joe Biden proclaimed August 20 through August 26, 2023, as National Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Week. “I call upon all Americans to observe this week by honoring our National Guard and Reserve service members, who sacrifice so much to keep our country and communities safe and secure, and to commend the employers who empower these service members to thrive,” he said in the proclamation.
Boyle calls on with local businesses asking owners and others in authority to sign a Statement of Support for the Guard and Reserve.
“ … we honor our Guard and Reserve troops for all that they sacrifice to keep our country and their communities safe. And we thank their employers, whose support makes their service possible,” the proclamation read. “Our National Guard and Reserve members are not only a source of pride for the military, they are also often the bedrock of their communities. While serving as citizen Soldiers and Airmen of the National Guard and Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen of the Reserve, they serve as teachers, pastors, public servants, engineers, medical professionals, small business owners, mothers, fathers, and so much more. Every day, they balance the competing demands of civilian life and military service, including leaving their communities at a moment’s notice when our country calls.”