STURGIS, S.D. – In November, Sturgis Ambulance signed a Statement of Support for the Guard and Reserve.
The Statement of Support confirms Sturgis Ambulance joins other employers in pledging:
We fully recognize, honor and comply with the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-Employment Rights Act (USERRA).
We will provide our managers and supervisors with the tools they need to effectively manage employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve.
We appreciate the values, leadership and unique skills service members bring to the workforce and will encourage opportunities to hire Guardsmen, Reservists and Veterans.
We will continually recognize and support our country’s service members and their families, in peace, in crises and in war.
“Today, supportive employers are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s Guard and Reserve units,” said Jim White SD ESGR Chairman. “I am asking all South Dakota employers to take a look at their current human resources policies to incorporate policies supportive of Guard and Reserve employees.” Many South Dakota employers provide support above and beyond their legal requirements by law by offering pay-differential to offset the loss of wages, and extension of health care benefits, which complement coverage provided by the military, when their employees mobilize.”
“Sturgis Ambulance joins a cadre of Fortune 500 companies, state and federal, agencies and thousands of America’s employers in demonstrating support for our armed forces,” added SD state chair Jim White. “By signing the Statement of Support, Sturgis Ambulance is sending a clear message to its employees that while they are serving their country, they do not have to worry about their civilian jobs.”
ESGR seeks to foster a culture where all employers support and value the employment and military service of members of the National Guard and Reserve in the United States. ESGR facilitates and promotes a cooperative culture of employer support for National Guard and Reserve service by developing and advocating mutually beneficial initiatives, recognizing outstanding employer support, increasing awareness of applicable laws and policies, resolving potential conflicts between employers and their service members, and acting as the employers’ principal advocate within DoD.
For more information about ESGR outreach programs or volunteer opportunities, call Chad Carlson at 605-737-6540 or visit www.ESGR.mil.