Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Week


WHEREAS, National Guard and Reserve forces comprise nearly half of our nation’s military strength, and are essential to America’s national security; and

WHEREAS, Reserve Component forces stand ready to answer the call to serve, whether serving alongside active duty counterparts all across the globe or responding to humanitarian crises at home and abroad; and

WHEREAS, employers provide critical support to members of the National Guard and Reserve by allowing Citizen Warriors to serve whenever the Nation calls, often foregoing financial gain and making sacrifices in the process; and

WHEREAS, employer support is stronger than ever, more than 42 years after the Secretary of Defense established the National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR); and

WHEREAS, our nation is in debt to the citizen warriors departing the comforts of home to ensure that our freedoms remain intact; and

WHEREAS, a grateful Commonwealth pays special tribute to the commitment of dedicated and supportive employers who continue to make service in the Reserve Components possible;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize September 21 – 27, 2014,as EMPLOYER SUPPORT OF THE GUARD AND RESERVE WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.