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USERRA/Reemployment Rights

Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA)

The purpose of USERRA is to encourage non-career service in the uniformed military services. The aim of USERRA is three-fold:

  • Eliminate or minimize the disadvantages to civilian careers and employment that might result from such military service.
  • By providing prompt reemployment, minimize the disruption to the lives of persons performing military service, their employers, their fellow employees, and their communities.
  • Prohibit discrimination against persons because of their participation in the uniformed military services.

USERRA applies only to federal military service. Reemployment rights for military service resulting from orders originated by a state’s governor (non-federal orders) are covered by the various states’ statues and regulations, not by USERRA.

Here is a link to access information on USERRA

Contact ESGR - ESGR Mission (Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve) – ESGR MISSION: Gain and maintain active support from all public and private employers for the men and women of the National Guard and Reserve as defined by demonstrated employer commitment to employee military service.

If you are a member of the National Guard or Reserve, an Employer, or a Human Resources professional and have a question about the USERRA law or your rights and responsibilities you can email ESGR at:

To help explain federal USERRA reemployment rights please contact the Alaska Director of Veterans’ Employment and Training (DVET.)

Alaska State Director of Veteran's Employment and Training
DVET - Aaron Gustafson

3301 Eagle St., Suite 101
Anchorage, AK 99503
phone: (907) 269-0306

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