FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: April 27, 2018
RICHMOND — On Saturday, April 21 the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) State Coordinator Dr. Jeff Stern accepted the “Above and Beyond Award” which was awarded to VDEM by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) at the annual Virginia ESGR Awards Banquet. The banquet was held at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Quantico and the award recognizes employers who have gone above and beyond the legal requirements of the Uniform Services Act by providing their Guard and Reserve employees additional, non-mandated benefits. This award follows the “Patriot Award” which the department received in March from the ESGR.
“The Virginia ESGR Awards Committee reviews hundreds of ‘Patriot Award’ and ‘Freedom Award’ submission narratives and selects those that stand out for further recognition,” said Virginia ESGR Director, Barry Vanlandingham. “The general description of the award refers to benefits provided to the Guard and Reserve Employees that are not mandated by the Uniform Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), but our committee also looks at actions the employer takes to demonstrate pride in their service member employee and support that ensures these heroes can do their mission and not worry about the needs of their civilian career, or families.”
“I’m extremely grateful VDEM has been recognized by the ESGR, but it is our military members, our veteran employees, and their families who we are forever indebted to and grateful for,” said VDEM State Coordinator Dr. Jeff Stern. “VDEM is proud to have hired 24 veterans in the past two years and the department will continue to support and recognize our military members both as veterans and as civilian employees.”
About Virginia Department of Emergency Management
VDEM works with local government, state and federal agencies and voluntary organizations to provide resources and expertise through the five mission areas of emergency management; prevention, protection, mitigation, response and recovery. To learn more about ways VDEM is working to improve disaster preparedness, response and recovery, visit www.vaemergency.gov.
About Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve
ESGR, a Department of Defense program, was established in 1972 to promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve Component Service members and their civilian employers and to assist in the resolution of conflicts arising from an employee’s military commitment. ESGR is supported by a network of more than 3,750 volunteers in 54 committees located across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam-CNMI (Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands), Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Virginia Department of Emergency Management
Contact: Jeff Caldwell
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Virginia Disaster Relief Fund
How is the money distributed?
Fund proceeds will be distributed to local long-term recovery groups, members of the Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster and other non-profit and faith-based organizations as a grant.
Many of these groups work directly with individuals and families following a disaster.
How else can I donate?
The Virginia Disaster Relief Fund benefits projects that include: repair or rebuilding of underinsured dwellings, transportation assistance, replacing essential household items, helping renters establish new rental residence, temporary living expenses while recovering from loss, and more.
How can I donate?
If you want to help, send checks made payable to the Treasurer of Virginia with “Virginia Disaster Relief Fund” noted in the memo line to:
P.O. Box 1971
Richmond, VA 23218-1971