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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE :
Friday, July 18, 2008

LR Fire Department Honored by US Dept. of Defense for Support of National Guard and Reserves

Little Rock Fire Department Honored by Department of Defense for Extraordinary Support of Employees Who Serve in the Arkansas National Guard and Reserve

Little Rock, Arkansas – The Arkansas Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), an agency of the Department of Defense, announced today the Little Rock Fire Department was honored with an “Above and Beyond” award in recognition of extraordinary support of its employees who serve in the Arkansas National Guard and Reserve.

According to Don C. Morrow ESGR Arkansas Chair, “The ESGR ‘Above and Beyond’ Award was created by ESGR to publicly recognize American Employers who provide extraordinary patriotic support and cooperation to their employees, who like the citizen warriors before them, have answered their nation’s call to serve. Supportive employers are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s National Guard and Reserve units.”

The Little Rock Fire Department joins with thousands of American Employers who have reviewed and amended their current human resources policies to ensure compliance with the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-Employment Rights Act Law (USERRA). Many employers provide “Above and Beyond” support with pay differential to offset the loss of wages, and extension of health care benefits which complement coverage provided by the military when their employees are mobilized.

As the 1.3 million members of the National Guard and Reserve continue to perform an increasing number of unique missions with America’s borders and beyond, ESGR will continue to be the resource for the employers of citizen warriors. ESGR provides education, consultation, and if necessary mediation for employers of Guard and Reserve employees. More information about ESGR Employer Outreach Programs and volunteer opportunities is available at www.esgr.mil, or by calling Richard Green at (501) 212-4026.

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National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve
1555 Wilson Blvd., Suite 319, Arlington, VA 22209
800-336-4590 www.esgr.mil

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