The Statement of Support Program is the cornerstone of
an effort to gain and maintain employer support for the Guard and
Reserve. The intent of the program is to increase employer support
by encouraging employers to act as advocates for employee
participation in the military. Supportive employers are critical to
maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s Guard and
The first Statement of Support was signed on December 13, 1972 in
the Office of the Secretary of Defense by the Chairman of the Board
of General Motors. President Nixon was the first President to sign a
Statement of Support, and in 2005 every federal Cabinet Secretary
and all federal agencies signed a Statement of Support to signify
their continuing efforts to be model employers. Since its inception,
hundreds of thousands of employers have signed Statements of
Support, pledging their support to Guard and Reserve employees.
Employers signing a statement of support pledge that:
We fully recognize, honor and enforce the Uniformed Services
Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA).
We will provide our managers and supervisors with 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 employ Guardsmen, Reservists, and Veterans.
We will continually recognize and support our country's
Service members and their families in peace, in crisis, and in
Join thousands of employers by signing a Statement of Support for
the Guard and Reserve and display it prominently for all your
employees and visitors to see. To participate, please complete the
Statement of Support form.