This week (August 21-27) has officially been proclaimed as National Employer Support of Guard and Reserve Week. In the proclamation, President Obama states, "During National Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Week, let us honor the members of our Guard and Reserve for their steadfast dedication to us all — both in and out of uniform. And let us acknowledge the families, employers, and businesses whose encouragement and flexibility have enabled our military to thrive, and whose support has been vital to the success, stability, and security of our Nation... I call upon all Americans to join me in expressing our heartfelt thanks to the members of the National Guard and Reserve and their civilian employers. I also call on State and local officials, private organizations, and all military commanders to observe this week with appropriate ceremonies and activities." For more on ESGR and the employment protections you have as a Guard or Reserve member, see Military.com's ESGR section.