Photo, front from left: Jeanne McLaughlin, Dr. Joe Perras, Dr. Susan Mooney, Bruce King, Dr. Don Caruso and Dr. Joanne Conroy. Back from left: Lee Cheshire, Employer Outreach Director for NH ESGR; David Quinn, NH State Chair Emeritus for ESGR; General Shawn O’Brien, Assistant Adjutant General State of NH; Bruce Thompson, State Chair NH ESGR; Vincent Benincasa, Area 4 Chair NH ESGR

– Dartmouth-Hitchcock and our members (formerly known as affiliates) have committed to increasing diversity among our workforce by signing statements of support, the cornerstone for the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) program.

Five member CEOs gathered in March at a monthly system CEO meeting at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, where all signed their Statement of Support. CEOs present at the meeting included Dr. Susan Mooney, Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital; Bruce King, New London Hospital; Dr. Don Caruso, Cheshire Medical Center;  Dr. Joe Perras, Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center;  and Jeanne McLaughlin, Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire. Dr. Joanne Conroy, President and CEO, signed for Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health.

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 Reserve units.

The first statement of support was signed December 13, 1972, in the Office of the Secretary of Defense by the chairman of the board of General Motors. President Richard 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, thousands of employers have signed Statements of Support, pledging their support to Guard and Reserve employees.

The statement of support says:

  • We fully recognize, honor, and comply with the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act. (USERRA)
  • We will provide our managers and supervisors with the tools they need to effectively manage 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.