GORHAM – The New Hampshire Employer Support of Guard and Reserve is privileged to award many Statements of Support (SOS) to businesses and industries throughout the state. But it is not often that the SOS award goes to WWII Army Veterans. Last week NHESGR volunteer Dan Lavertue had the honor to present the award to the Town and Country Inn and Resort in Shelburne, NH. The inn was opened in 1956 by Ralph and Lucille Labnon and has always been a vital part of the greater Berlin-Gorham area. Ralph, known locally as Navy, is deceased, however Lucille, known as Lupe, is still involved although the day-to-day operation of the inn is handled by their two sons Randy and Scott. Through the years the family has employed several members of the local National Guard Units and has been gracious hosts to many military functions including retirements, deployment send-offs and welcome home celebrations. The SOS award is a testament to that support as the Labnons have always been active and giving members of the community.
The Statement of Support confirms that the Town and Country Inn joins other employers in pledging that:
- They fully recognize, honor and enforce the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-Employment Rights Act (USERRA).
- Managers and supervisors will have the tools they need to effectively manage those employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve.
- Town and Country 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 National Guard and Reserve units. I am asking all NH employers to review and amend their current human resources policies to ensure compliance with the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA),” said NHESGR Chairman David Quinn. “Many NH employers provide ‘Above and Beyond’ support with pay differential to offset the loss of wages, and extension of health care benefits, which complement coverage provided by the military, when their employees are mobilized.”
As the 1.3 million members of the Guard and Reserve continue to perform an increasing number of unique missions that require extraordinary actions on the part of everyday citizens, ESGR will continue to be the informational agency for the employers Guard and Reserve service members. ESGR will advocate relevant initiatives, recognize outstanding support, increase awareness of applicable laws, and resolve conflict between employers and service members. More information about ESGR Employer Outreach Programs and volunteer opportunities is available at www.nhesgr.com, or by calling Jim Goss, Employer Support Specialist of the NHESGR at (603) 225-1342.
Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve
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Dan Lavertue, Scott Labnon and NHESGR Chairman David Quinn.