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Officials support their deployed reservists



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Wales Selectman Michael Valanzola and Police Chief Dawn M. Charette checking out a Black Hawk helicopter at Barnes Air Force Base during the ESGR’s annual meeting. Courtesy photo. (click for larger version)
September 23, 2009
WALES — With thousands of National Guard and Reserve service men and women deployed overseas, and a struggling economy here at home, it can be difficult for employers and employees — especially those with service obligations — to keep every position at every company filled.

When members of the Army Reserve and National Guard are called to action, the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) of 1994 protects their right to return to the job they left in order to serve the country.

Chairman of the Wales Board of Selectmen Michael Valanzola and Police Chief Dawn M. Charette recently got a thorough lesson in the USERRA when they showed their support for National Guard and Army Reserve personnel at the annual meeting of ESGR — Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve — at Barnes Air Force Base in Westfield on Friday, Sept. 18.

See Friday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage of community news.

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