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Contact: Cam Savage
Indianapolis, IN - During a ceremony February 4, 2004 at the state capitol in Indianapolis, Secretary of State Todd Rokita signed a statement of support for the National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve in front of ESGR volunteers and 37 elementary students from St. Richard's School.
"It is a great honor for me to sign this statement of support for the Guard and Reserves," Rokita said. "Hoosiers serving abroad should know that we support them in their missions and we will continue to support them when they return home."
In 1972 the National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) was established to promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve component members and their civilian employers and to assist in the resolution of conflicts arising from an employee's military commitment. Today ESGR operates through a network of more than 4,500 volunteers throughout 55 committees located in each state, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Europe.
"Many of our state's leading employers have signed this pledge I encourage other Indiana employers to join this important effort," he added.
Statewide about 3,000 Hoosiers are currently mobilized for active duty around the globe. Nationally, more than half of the men and women serving in our armed forces are members of the Guard and Reserve.
A copy of the ESGR Statement of Support is online at: http://www.esgr.org/.