ESGR Press Release
RICHMOND - Governor Timothy M. Kaine signed the “5 Star” Statement of Support for recognizing the Commonwealth’s unquestioned commitment to aiding state employees who serve in Virginia’s National Guard and Reserve on Nov. 10. The Governor was joined at the signing by members of the National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) as well as guard and reservists and their families.
The statement confirms that the Commonwealth of Virginia has reviewed its human resources polices to ensure compliance with the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-Employment Rights Act (USERRA). ESGR’s “5-Star” statement program also promotes training for managers and supervisors to effectively manage employees who serve in the Virginia Guard and Reserve.
“Today, many employers, including the Commonwealth of Virginia, go above and beyond the requirements of USERRA to support our state employees that also serve in the National Guard and Reserve,” said Governor Kaine. “In a time of war, it is critical that we fully provide for those who serve in our armed forces. The Commonwealth continues to do this through expanding medical benefits and closing pay imbalances for employees and their families while they serve both Virginia and our nation.”
Earlier this year, Governor Kaine enacted policies, backed by the General Assembly, on behalf of the Virginia National Guard to ensure tuition funding for Guardsmen, a $2,000 state reenlistment bonus and a $500,000 appropriation for the Military Family Relief Fund.
“Governor Kaine’s signature on the ESGR statement and his policies have demonstrated that he and the Commonwealth of Virginia stand proudly with its Guard and Reserve employees,” said Dr. Charles Quillen, State Chair of Virginia ESGR. “We are grateful to Governor Kaine and the Commonwealth for continuing its tradition as an employer willing to support the strength and readiness of the National Guard and Reserve.”
Virginia has nearly 7,500 Soldiers in the Army National Guard and over 1,000 Airmen in the Air National Guard. For more information on outreach programs and volunteer opportunities with ESGR visit www.esgr.mil.