Texas A&M is part of the new A&M Affirmation System of Support for National Guard and Reserve Employees

Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp recently signed a statement of support for the National Guard and Reserves at the Sam Houston Sanders Corps Center on the campus of Texas A&M University.

The statement comes from the Texas Committee of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a US Department of Defense program based in Austin.

By signing the statement, Sharp affirmed the A&M system’s commitment to recognize and honor employees who serve on the guard and reserve and to comply with the Service Employment and Re-employment Rights Act. in uniform (USERRA). The statement also commits to providing managers and supervisors with the tools they need to effectively manage those serving in the Guard and Reserve, as well as encouraging the hiring of Guardsmen, Reservists and veterans. .

“We are thrilled to once again demonstrate our commitment to the Texas A&M System employees who proudly serve in the Guard and Reserve,” said Sharp.

He noted that in 2021, the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service was one of 15 organizations nationwide to receive ESGR’s Freedom Award for outstanding support of Guard and Reserve employees.

“By signing a statement of support this year, we hope to set another example for Texas employers and organizations of the vital role our Guard and Reserve play in our national defense,” Sharp said.

The U.S. Department of Defense established the ESGR in 1972 to improve cooperation and understanding between members of the Reserve services and their civilian employers and to assist in the resolution of disputes arising from an employee’s military enlistment. . More than 3,000 volunteers across the country and in three U.S. territories help employers, Guard and Reserve members, and their families through the program.

“In signing a statement of support, the Texas A&M University System joins an cadre of Fortune 500 companies, state and federal agencies, and thousands upon thousands of American employers in demonstrating their support for our armed forces,” said David Blackorby, President of Texas. ESGR Commission.

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