Maine Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ME ESGR) is a Department of Defense office dedicated to promoting a culture in which all American employers support and value the military service of their employees who also serve in the National Guard and Reserve.
ME ESGR is led and operated by a staff of 20 volunteers and one full time staff person working throughout the Pine Tree State to gain and maintain employer support for the Guard and Reserve by recognizing outstanding support, increasing awareness of the Uniformed Services Employment Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), resolving conflicts through mediation, and connecting military service members and veterans with employment resources.
The ME ESGR committee strives to uphold the “We all Serve” motto by creating and maintaining relationships with Maine employers and service members through programs such as Military Outreach, Employer Outreach, Mediation, and Employment programs. Through our Military Outreach programs we educate individual service members and all levels of military commands about the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA), and the rights and responsibilities they derive from the law.
Through our Employer Outreach programs we provide awards requested by the service member employee for their supervisors who go above and beyond the legal requirements of USERRA to offer their employees the support they need. Appreciation for civilian employers is promoted among the Guard and Reserve with nominations for special Department of Defense awards. We also provide knowledge and understanding of USERRA to employers and human resource
organizations at no cost.
Through our Ombudsman program we bridge the gap in understanding between the employee, employer, and USERRA so all parties can make the correct decisions in accordance with the law. Our mission is to assist both employers and reserve component members equally.
We welcome you to explore our website and invite you to contact us should you have any questions. Our volunteers
come from all walks of life; therefore we welcome anyone interested in volunteering with the Maine ESGR to contact a Volunteer Support Specialist:
Bethanie Mazzaro, ME-ESGR,
Volunteer Support Technician,
State Chair, Dennis Wellman
207.354.3143 or firstname.lastname@example.org