National Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Week, 2021

CourtExecutive Office Of The President
Citation86 FR 46101
Record Number2021-17801
Publication Date18 Aug 2021
Presidential Documents
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Federal Register
Vol. 86, No. 157
Wednesday, August 18, 2021
Title 3—
The President
Proclamation 10238 of August 13, 2021
National Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Week,
2021
By the President of the United States of America
A Proclamation
Since our founding, courageous men and women have vowed to serve and
defend our country, protect our citizens, and uphold the principles of our
Constitution. The citizen Soldiers and Airmen of the National Guard, and
the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen of the Reserve,
proudly carry on this tradition today. During National Employer Support
of the Guard and Reserve Week, we thank and celebrate the civilian employ-
ers whose support of our National Guard and Reserve members helps to
sustain our all-volunteer force and our national spirit of service.
National Guard and Reserve members are essential to the safety and security
of our Nation, ready to serve at home or abroad at any moment’s notice.
From working on the frontlines of the COVID–19 pandemic, to responding
to storm damage and raging wildfires, to deploying overseas, supporting
peacekeeping missions abroad, and conducting multilateral exercises with
allies and partner nations, National Guard and Reserve members put their
lives on hold—away from both their families and their civilian workplaces—
to stand as a shield or a support whenever our country is in need. When
they complete their mission, National Guard and Reserve members return
to their civilian careers and fulfill their obligation of monthly weekend
drills and annual trainings—always ensuring they are ready to answer the
next call to serve.
We owe a profound gratitude to our National Guard and Reserve members,
as well as their civilian employers. In supporting their talented employees’
service to our Nation, employers of National Guard and Reserve members
directly contribute to our military readiness and our national security. As
our Guard and Reserve members navigate the challenges that accompany
their service, many civilian employers go above and beyond to support
our service members and their families. National Guard and Reserve members
should not have to worry about their civilian employment while they are
serving on a mission, and many employers are stepping up with generous
pay and leave policies, extension of benefits like health care for family
members, and flexibility and support for Guard and Reserve spouses to
help fulfill our sacred obligation as a Nation to always take care of those
who serve in uniform.
My Administration understands the national security imperative behind im-
proving the well-being of our service members and their families as they
balance the pressures of their civilian careers with the demands of military
service. Through the First Lady’s work with Joining Forces, we are committed
to supporting military and veteran families, caregivers, and survivors through
economic and entrepreneurship opportunities, support for military child
education, and health and well-being resources. Ensuring continuing eco-
nomic opportunities for military and veteran families through meaningful
employment is essential, and we are grateful for all of the employers who
understand the value in hiring and retaining National Guard and Reserve
members and their spouses.
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The Biden family is a National Guard family, and we are forever grateful
and in awe of those who, like our son Beau, understand that duty and
service to others is what makes us who we are as Americans. We understand
some of the unique challenges that National Guard and Reserve members
and their families face—challenges that are made smaller because of the
incredible, patriotic support of their employers. I encourage all Americans
to join me in recognizing and thanking employers of our National Guard
and Reserve members for their vast contributions to our economy, our com-
munities, and the success of our Nation and our Armed Forces. I also
encourage National Guard and Reserve members to recognize their employers
who have gone above and beyond in supporting them with the Employer
Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), the Department of Defense program
that promotes cooperation and understanding between civilian employers
and their National Guard and Reserve employees.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of the United States
of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution
and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim August 15 through
August 21, 2021, as National Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve
Week. I call upon the people of the United States, State and local officials,
private organizations, and all military commanders to honor employers of
National Guard and Reserve members with appropriate ceremonies and activi-
ties.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirteenth day
of August, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty-one, and of the
Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-
sixth.
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