Our dedicated volunteers come from all walks of life. They are business executives, civic leaders and patriotic citizens. Some volunteer activities include:
Develop relationships with employers to promote advocacy for service in the Guard and Reserve.
Work with employers and service members to prevent, reduce or resolve misunderstandings regarding employment rights and responsibilities.
Work with military and civilian media organizations to promote public understanding of the ESGR mission.
Inform and educate members of the Guard and Reserve regarding their employment rights and responsibilities under USERRA. The involvement of our volunteers, through just a few hours a month and in whatever capacity they choose, improves the relationships our brave men and women have with their employers while they
continually place themselves in harm’s way, leave their families, and put their careers on hold to preserve
our way of life.
An ESGR volunteer has the opportunity to serve in support of our Nation’s defense. They
personify the ESGR banner,
“ We All Serve.”
Heidi Ernst, Our November ESGR Volunteer in the Spotlight
Story written by ESGR Volunteer Sherma Erholm
Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve has acquired a new and valuable volunteer in Heidi Ernst, J.D. and Captain, United States Naval Reserve (Retired). Having had a twenty-four year career in the military, and in civilian life having walked in the shoes of employee as well as those of employer of reservists, and also as attorney and mediator, she has had experience in almost every field in which our organization is engaged. Captain Ernst grew up in Chicago and attended Northwestern University where she joined the U.S. Navy ROTC. After college she served in
active duty for seven years. A major ―claim to fame‖ comes from having been selected as one
of the first group of women to be assigned sea duty in 1978 when the Navy opened up to women the opportunity to serve on support ships. Heidi was one of a handful of women to earn a warfare designation. Active duty was followed by seventeen years as a U. S. Navy Reservist during which she was the Commanding Officer of two Naval Reserve units. Law school and civil service occupations coincided with the years in the reserve. It was during this time that Captain Ernst gained first-hand knowledge of the intricacies of USERRA law and seeing the practice of it from both points of view. As an attorney and mediator, Ms. Ernst is engaged in issues regarding federal
acquisition as well as veterans’ rights and
benefits. She also provides mediation support to Denver County Courts. Recently a client called her for help concerning USERRA law. In researching for the case, she ran across two familiar names: ESGR and Dick Young. As a reservist, Heidi had first learned of ESGR, and in civilian life had noticed articles written about it in the
to which she subscribed. But the name, Dick Young
could he be the Dick Young that she, as a reservist, had known from the Naval Reserve Association? She contacted ESGR, spoke with our state chair, who did prove to be the Dick Young of her acquaintance, and knew she wanted to be a part of our organization. With her commitment to serve, we are fortunate to welcome Heidi Ernst who will use her experience and skills in the capacity of Ombudsman with Colorado ESGR.
If you wish to be a volunteer with Colorado Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, please contact our COESGR staff listed on the last page of this newsletter. We would be excited to have you join us!