The New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs has officially signed on to support the re-employment rights of Reservists and National Guard members who return to their jobs from active duty.
Major General Joseph Taluto, the Adjutant General and the commander of the New York Army and Air Force National Guard signed the “Five Star Statement of Support for the Guard and Reserve” June 26, 2007 that signifies participation in the Five Star Employer Program run by Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.
Participating government and private employers ensure that their human resources departments are trained on the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, that their human resources policies acknowledge the provisions of the act, and that they support their employees who are National Guard and Reserve members and advocate for the Guard and Reserve.
The Division of Military and Naval affairs includes civilian employees who are members of the Guard and Reserve as well as full-time National Guard members. Taluto was joined for the June 26, 2007 signing ceremony by retired Army Reserve Major General Thomas Sabo, a West Seneca resident and the chairman of Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve in New York. Sabo was vice president of operations for Michael P. Guastella and Associates Inc., a Boston insurance company, and commander of the 98th Division, headquartered in Rochester, before retiring in 2001.
Pictured are (from left) Sabo; Beverly Keating, state family program director; Taluto; Eugene Murphy, redeployment transition assistance advisor-NY; Col. Curtis Williamson, human resources officer; and William Tracy, ESGR program support specialist