Illinois National Guard (ING) Lieutenant Colonel Tim Franklin and Retired Brigadier General Jay Sheedy today presented Illinois State Police (ISP) Acting Director Jonathon Monken with the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Above and Beyond Award. The award recognizes employers who provide programs and policies that are above what is required by the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act.
“The Illinois State Police is honored to accept this prestigious award on behalf of the members of our department who serve with the Illinois National Guard and Reserve,” said Director Monken. “The dedication of these men and women to protect our country is commendable and we are proud to have them in the ISP.”
The Above and Beyond Award is designed to recognize employers who have gone above and beyond the legal requirements of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act in granting leave to their Guard and Reserve employees for military duty. The award is presented only to a select few of the thousands of employers throughout the state that employ Guardsmen and Reservists.
The Illinois State Police also signed the ESGR’s Statement of Support (SOS) which provides a formal process to allow employers to publicly proclaim support for employee participation in the National Guard and Reserve. In signing a SOS, employers and organizations pledge to:
- To fully recognize, honor and enforce the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-Employment Rights Act (USERRA).
- To ensure managers and supervisors will have the tools they need to effectively manage those employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve.
- To recognize and support our country's service members and their families in peace, in crises and in war.
"I would like to thank Acting Director Monken for signing this Statement of Support on behalf the Illinois State Police and its officers who serve in the National Guard and Reserve," said Michael Ayers, Illinois Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Field Committee Chair. "By signing a Statement of Support, you are publicly acknowledging the continued importance of service in the National Guard and Reserve to the defense of our nation here at home and around the world.
"The continuing support of employers is critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the National Guard and Reserve," added Ayers. "Our Guardsmen and Reservists would not be able to continue to serve in uniform, if not for the support of employers and organizations like the Illinois State Police."
Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve is a Department of Defense agency. Its mission is to gain and maintain the support of employers for service in the Reserve Components by increasing awareness of the law, recognizing outstanding support and helping to resolve conflicts through informal mediation. Thousands of ESGR volunteers nationwide provide free education, consultation and, if needed, neutral mediation for employers of Guardsmen and Reservists. More information about ESGR employer outreach programs and services is available at www.esgr.mil.
Retired Illinois National Guard Brigadier General Jay Sheedy presents the Above and
Beyond Award to Acting ISP Director Jonathon Monken
Illinois National Guard Lieutenant Colonel Tim Franklin, Retired Brigadier General Jay Sheedy,
Acting ISP Director Jonathon Monken, and ISP National Guard and Reserve personnel