Putting support for military in writing

Staff Writer

Publisher Don Norman of the Starkville Daily News and West Point Daily Times Leader signed a new Statement of Support for the Guard and Reserve on Wednesday – and the statement's sponsors call on all local business leaders to do the same.
Above, Norman (left) signs the statement next to Jack Wallace, state chairman of the Mississippi Committee of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. The ESGR is an office of the Department of Defense.
The new certificate says the newspapers join other employers in complying with the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act; will give managers the tools needed to manage employees serving in the Guard and Reserve; will seek to employ guardsmen, reservists, transitioning service members and veterans; and will recognize and support service members and their families.
The USERRA is a 1994 law that protects the jobs of service members called to active duty.
The certificate bears the seven seals of the Army National Guard, Air National Guard, Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Reserve and Coast Guard Reserve, and is signed by the national ESGR chairman and the Secretary of Defense.
Richard Hilton, CEO of OCH Regional Medical Center, agreed to jump-start the drive for support by signing a statement for each of OCH's 10 offices.
Wallace and his staff will be in the lobby of the Greater Starkville Development Partnership, 200 E. Main St., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, waiting for businesspeople to come in and sign the statement. Certificates can be ordered and available for pickup, or Wallace will deliver certificates when they arrive. Those who can't be present Friday may drop off their business card information at the partnership office, or call Wallace at 662-323-3439.