Department of Defense - United States of America
Statement of Support for the Guard and Reserve
We recognize the National Guard and Reserve as essential to the strength of
our nation and the well-being of our communities.
In the highest American tradition, the patriotic men and women of the Guard
and Reserve serve voluntarily in an honorable and vital profession. They train
to respond to their community and their country in time of need. They deserve
the support of every segment of our society.
If these volunteer forces are to continue to serve our nation, increased public
understanding is required of the essential role of the Guard and Reserve in
preserving our national security. Their members must have the cooperation of
all American employers in encouraging employee participation in Guard and Reserve
training programs. Therefore, we join other employers in pledging that:
1. Employment will not be denied because of service in the Guard or Reserve.
2. Employee job and career opportunities will not be limited or reduced because
of service in the Guard or Reserve.
3. Employees will be granted leaves of absence for military training in the
guard or Reserve, consistent with existing laws, without sacrifice of vacation;
4. This agreement and its resultant policies will be made known throughout
John E. Potter, Employer
Alan Weh, Chairman National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and
Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense
Date: November 6, 2002
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