Grinnell, Iowa (November 5, 2015) – Iowa Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense (DoD) office, announced Pete Brownell, CEO of Brownells, signed a Statement of Support for the Guard and Reserve on October 23, 2015, in the Brownells Grinnell facility in front of more than 300 Brownells employees.
The Statement of Support confirms Brownells joins other employers in pledging:
- They fully recognize, honor and comply with the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-Employment Act (USERRA).
- They will provide their managers and supervisors with the tools they need to effectively manage employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve.
- They appreciate the values, leadership and unique skills service members bring to the workforce and will encourage opportunities to hire Guardsmen, Reservists and Veterans.
- They will continually recognize and support U.S. Service members and their families in peace, in crisis and in war.
“Brownells has been, and will always be, proud supporters of our nation’s men and women in uniform,” said Brownells CEO Pete Brownell. “My father, Frank, is a proud Navy Veteran. He instilled in me a deep appreciation for those who volunteer to put themselves in harm’s way. It’s a great honor for us to employ veterans, and to be active many with organizations that help and support the efforts of our nation’s heroes.”
“Brownells joins a cadre of Fortune 500 companies, state and federal agencies, and thousands of America’s employers in demonstrating support for our armed forces,” added Mark Hennessey, Iowa Area 6 State ESGR Chairperson. “By signing this Statement of Support, Brownells is sending a clear message to its employees that while they’re serving their country, they don’t have to worry about their civilian jobs.”
For more information about ESGR outreach programs or volunteer opportunities, call 800-336-4590 or visit www.ESGR.mil.
ESGR seeks to foster a culture in which all employers support and value the employment and military service of members of the National Guard and Reserve in the United States. ESGR facilitates and promotes a cooperative culture of employer support for National Guard and Reserve service by developing and advocating mutually beneficial initiatives, recognizing outstanding employer support, increasing awareness of applicable laws and policies, resolving potential conflicts between employer and their service members and acting as employers’ principal advocate within DoD.
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