Louisville, KY – Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense office, announced today that Richard Ivey, Chief Human Resources Officer at ResCare, signed a Statement of Support for the Guard and Reserve. Mr. Ivey signed the pledge in a ceremony at the ResCare corporate offices in Louisville, Kentucky. He was joined by Major General (Ret.) Bob Silverthorn, Kentucky ESGR Committee Chair Emeritus. The Statement of Support confirms ResCare joins other employers in pledging:
- We fully recognize, honor and comply with 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 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.
“Today supportive employers are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s Guard and Reserve units. The ESGR Statement of Support program is the cornerstone of ESGR’s efforts to gain and maintain employer support. The intent of this program is to increase employer support by encouraging participating employers to act as advocates for employee participation in the military,” said Gen. Silverthorn. “ResCare is setting a high standard for all Kentucky employers to follow by providing above and beyond support of Kentucky’s veterans, many of whom currently serve in the National Guard and Reserve.”
“By meeting the Statement of Support criteria, ResCare will stand proudly with their Guard and Reserve employees who continue to answer our nation’s call to defend our way of life. Their personal sacrifices are essential to the strength of our nation,” added Gen. Silverthorn.
Mr. Ivey, an Army veteran himself, believes strongly in supporting employees committed to serving their country.
“ResCare has been fortunate to have employees who believe in their duty to our nation. Many have served in the active military and stay in the Guard and Reserve ready to respond when called. We’re very proud of them and their dedication,” said Mr. Ivey.
Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve is a Department of Defense agency established in 1972 to develop and maintain employer support for Guard and Reserve service. ESGR advocates relevant initiatives, recognizes outstanding support, increases awareness of applicable laws, and resolves conflict between service members and employers. Paramount to ESGR’s mission is encouraging the employment of Guardsmen and Reservists who bring integrity, global perspective and proven leadership to the civilian workforce.
ResCare, with 40 years of experience helping people reach their highest level of independence, is one of the largest providers of home care to seniors and people with disabilities. It also offers residential and support services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and provides education, vocational training and job placement for people of all ages and skill levels. Based in Louisville, Kentucky, ResCare and its 50,000 dedicated employees serve daily nearly 60,000 people in 42 states, Washington, D.C., Canada and Puerto Rico. For more information about ResCare, please visit the Company’s website at http://www.rescare.com/