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  Press Release
For Immediate Release
7/19/05
Contact: Roger Herman

New Database Developed to Aid Guard, Reserve, Families, Employers

GREENSBORO, NC. A wide range of benefits is available to support our troops, their families, and their employers. In these trying times, all sorts of organizations offer help to the larger military community. Employers United for a Stronger America, a not-for-profit organization has produced the country's first comprehensive searchable database listing available support.

The release of the rich resource was announced by Roger E. Herman, president of Employers United for a Stronger America and CEO of The Herman Group, a Greensboro employer. "Employers throughout the United States are anxious to help their employees who are members of the National Guard and Reserve," he explained. "Unfortunately, they don't have the resources to do it all, so there is high interest in what other help is available."

Employers of military members who are called to active duty are required by federal law to keep jobs open for their employees who have been activated service. Many of these concerned employers assume responsibility for supporting--in various ways--the families of their recalled workers. Assistance ranges from continuing employee benefits to arranging for lawns to be mowed and childcare for overloaded spouses.

Although the assistance cataloged in the EUSA Resource Center on the organization's website (http://www.employersunited.org) has been available in various locations, this compilation is the first time the information about all these resources has been accessible in one place. There is no charge for the service, which can be searched by anyone at any time.

The initial research for this important treasury of knowledge was conducted by Nicole Kapsar, a recent graduate of Hiram College, a liberal arts college in Hiram, Ohio. Nicole is the daughter of a deceased Vietnam veteran and founder of Hiram's Support the Troops Campaign, compiled the data during her senior year at the college. Ted Daywalt, CEO of vetjobs.com and vice president of EUSA and the project manager for the EUSA Resource Center, commended Nicole in a recent meeting with Hiram president Tom Chema. "Nicole demonstrated a welcome combination of personal dedication and a fine liberal arts education in assembling this diverse body of knowledge. She has left a valuable legacy for those who will follow her to maintain this resource."

Anyone have a resource that they would like added to the site should forward the information to nicole@employersunited.org. There is also a form on the site through which suggestions for additions can be submitted.

Numerous leaders of organizations seeking to help military members and veterans have long desired a comprehensive listing of available support. Finally, this asset is available under the auspices of an organization sensitive to the needs of employers and citizen-soldiers and their families. Bob Hollingsworth, Executive Director of the Defense Department's Executive Committee for Support of the Guard and Reserve, lauded the accomplishment. "Outstanding!" The most complete reference source anywhere. This database will provide a great service for our country."

The Herman Group is a firm of consulting futurists concentrating on workforce and workplace trends and their implications. Emphasis is placed on employee selection and retention as critical strategies. Included in the firm are researchers, professional speakers, authors, and consultants. The Herman Group is based in Greensboro, NC, with affiliates in Sao Paulo, Melbourne, Hong Kong, and Port Louis, Mauritius. Contact Joyce Gioia-Herman at 336-210-3548 or e-mail: joyce@hermangroup.com.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            


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