First Command News & Media
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — OCT. 21, 2015
First Command Signs Statement of Support for National Guard and Reserve
FORT WORTH, Texas — First Command Financial Services, Inc., has signed the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Statement of Support, reaffirming its long-standing commitment to employing America's career military.
Employers signing a statement of support pledge to:
- Fully recognize, honor and enforce the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act.
- Provide our managers and supervisors with the tools they need to effectively manage those employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve.
- Appreciate the values, leadership and unique skills servicemembers bring to the workforce and will encourage opportunities to employ guardsmen, reservists, and veterans.
- Continually recognize and support our country's servicemembers and their families in peace, in crisis, and in war.
First Command signed the Statement of Support during an ESGR ceremony today at the company's corporate headquarters in Fort Worth. The Statement of Support Program is the cornerstone of ESGR’s effort to gain and maintain employer support for the Guard and Reserve.
"Through our signing of this Statement of Support, we are reaffirming our 57-year commitment to serve the needs of America's career military families," said Scott Spiker, CEO of First Command. "Since 1958, we have helped thousands of transitioning servicemembers, military veterans and military spouses find meaningful careers as Financial Advisors, skilled support professionals and corporate executives in locations around the world. Nearly 70 percent of our Advisor force comes from the ranks of veterans and military spouses. That proud tradition of recruiting those who serve includes members of the National Guard and Reserve. We are committed to making sure these employees know that their jobs will be there for them when they return from military service."
Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve is a Department of Defense office established in 1972 to develop and maintain employer support for Guard and Reserve service. ESGR advocates relevant initiatives, recognizes outstanding support, increases awareness of applicable laws, and resolves conflict between service members and employers. Paramount to ESGR's mission is encouraging the employment of Guardsmen and Reservists who bring integrity, global perspective and proven leadership to the civilian workforce.
About First Command
First Command Financial Services and its subsidiaries, including First Command Bank and First Command Financial Planning, assist American families in their efforts to build wealth, reduce debt and pursue their lifetime financial goals and dreams—focusing on consumer behavior as the first and most powerful determinant of results. Through knowledgeable advice and coaching of the financial behaviors conducive to success, First Command Financial Advisors have built trustworthy, lasting relationships with hundreds of thousands of client families since 1958.