For men and women who volunteer to be citizen soldiers in the Reserves and National Guard, it's a pledge to do whatever is needed, wherever it is needed. Having a good support group at home that includes your boss is a plus.
The Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve works to help employers understand what these volunteer soldiers do.
"We have these briefing so that the employers better appreciate the discipline and the 24/7 operational imperatives that their employees go through when they are mobilized as part of their unit and that's a positive back to the employer that they are the type of employees they have: they are used the pressure and the change-ups and the extended hours and discipline it takes to be a performing as a member of one of these units," said Jim Vogel, ESGR.
Employers from more than a dozen Rochester area public and private companies attended this ESGR briefing Wednesday. Federal law protects the civilian jobs of members of the Reserve and National Guard, but these soldiers will tell you--it's the support and encouragement that are the keys to a successful deployment and return.
“Especially in the reserve community we definitely need the support of community leaders and bosses of our marines in order to effectively operate in today's world," said Capt. Peter Schick, U.S. Marines.
Irondequoit Police Chief Richard Boyan is not only a military veteran; he has had employees in the Reserve and National Guard.
"They are going into an entirely different life and they are leaving a profession they are used to whether it be law enforcement or a private field so it is hard for them so if they don't get the understanding from their employer than it just makes things worse family and where they are going to do what they do," Boyan said.
ESGR said it's easier to defend America's freedom knowing your boss supports it too.