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Chrysler LLC to sign Statement of Support for the National Guard and Reserve


(Auburn Hills, MI) –

Richard Snider, Chair of the Michigan Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Committee (ESGR), an agency of the Department of Defense, announced that Mr. Bob Nardelli, CEO Chrysler LLC, will sign a Statement of Support for the National Guard and Reserve on Monday, May 5, 2008. The signing ceremony will occur at Chrysler LLC Headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan.

The Statement of Support confirms that Chrysler LLC joins other employers in pledging that:

We fully recognize, honor and enforce the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-Employment Rights Act (USERRA).

Our managers and supervisors will have the tools they need to effectively manage those employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve.

We will continually recognize and support our country’s service members and their families in peace, in crises and in war.

When asked about the criteria, Snider said “By meeting the Statement of Support criteria, Chrysler LLC will stand proudly with its Guard and Reserve employees, who continue to answer their nation’s call to defend our way of life. Their personal sacrifices are essential to the strength of our nation”.

The Honorable Thomas F. Hall, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs will present the Pro Patria Award to Chrysler LLC during the event. This award recognizes the most exceptional support of national defense through leadership practices and personnel policies that support their employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve. The Pro Patria Award is the highest award that an ESGR field Committee may bestow upon employers within their purview.

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) is a Department of Defense agency established in 1972. The mission of ESGR is to gain and maintain employer support for Guard and Reserve service by recognizing outstanding support, increasing awareness of the law, and resolving conflicts through informal mediation. ESGR volunteers provide free education, consultation, and if necessary mediation for employers of Guard and Reserve employees.

As the 1.3 million members of the National Guard and Reserve continue to perform an increasing number of unique missions that require extraordinary actions on the part of everyday citizens, ESGR will continue to be the informational agency for the employers of citizen warriors. More information about ESGR Employer Outreach Programs and volunteer opportunities is available at www.esgr.mil.

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