INDIANAPOLIS, IN May 13, 2014 –– Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense office, announced Mr. Bill Warren, Executive Director of DirectEmployers Association, has signed a reaffirmation Statement of Support for the Guard and Reserve at the organization’s 2015 Annual Meeting and Conference. Warren was joined in signing by Mr. Tom Bullock, ESGR Chief of Employer Outreach.

The Statement of Support confirms that DirectEmployers joins other employer Associations in pledging:

  • We fully recognize, honor and enforce the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-Employment Rights Act (USERRA).
  • Our managers and supervisors will have the tools they need to effectively manage those 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.

In addition to signing on behalf of DirectEmployers Association, Warren has challenged all member companies to join with him in signing a Statement of Support to publicly honor their employees who voluntarily serve their communities and our nation in the National Guard and Reserve.

“Supportive employer associations like DirectEmployers are critical to maintaining the readiness and strength of the nation’s Guard and Reserve units and allow guardsmen and reservists the opportunity to serve our country more effectively and with greater peace of mind,” said Bullock. “By signing this Statement of Support, DirectEmployers sends a clear message that they stand committed to their member’s military employees and recognize the integrity, global perspective and proven leadership they bring to the workplace.”

“By demonstrating our support for the Guard and Reserve, we are sending a message across the nation in hopes of encouraging other employers to also sign a Statement of Support for our nation’s heroes,” commented Warren. “Flexible and supportive employers help to maintain the strength and readiness of these individuals and also understand the value they bring to their organization.”

About DirectEmployers Association
DirectEmployers is an employer-owned association focusing on recruitment marketing and OFCCP compliance that utilizes its technology and thought leadership to amplify job visibility and employment brand, facilitate partnerships to meet EEO/AA goals and provide proof of job delivery. For more information, visit

About ESGR
Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve is a Department of Defense office established in 1972 to develop and maintain employer support for Guard and Reserve service.  ESGR advocates relevant initiatives, recognizes outstanding support, increases awareness of applicable laws, and resolves conflict between service members and employers. Paramount to ESGR’s mission is encouraging the employment of Guardsmen and Reservists who bring integrity, global perspective and proven leadership to the civilian workforce.

More information about ESGR Employer Outreach and incredible volunteer opportunities is available at or by contacting Tom Bullock, Chief, Employer Outreach, at (571) 372-0709, or by email at

Media: Nancy Holland, Vice President of Marketing at DirectEmployers Association, at and (317) 874-9022

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