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8/15/2016

He reminds Guam National Guard members and Reservists that they’ve got 180 days after deployment to renew driver’s licenses and other government permits.

August 15, 2016- Most Guam families have a strong connection with the U.S. military, including active duty members and veterans, but members of the National Guard and Reservists have faced particular problems in coordinating the frequent deployments in recent years with their employers back home.

A legislative resolution was presented Monday by Senators Rory J. Respicio on behalf of Senator Tina Rose Muña-Barnes proclaiming August 15-19 on Guam as “Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Week,” recognizing the efforts of the Guam-CNMI Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) as well as the Government of Guam in helping to smooth the disruptions caused by the demands on these military members. Senator Frank B. Aguon, Jr. was also present at this presentation.

Dave Sablan of ESGR said the organization seeks to educate employers about their obligations to deployed persons, first and foremost, making sure they’ve got jobs when they return, and that the effort is working. “I want to say, Senator, that over the past eight years, we’ve gone from about 50 cases a year of problems between service members and their employers and we’re down now to about 12 per year,” Sablan said.

One thing that won’t be waiting for returning deployed military members is the need for them to immediately deal with expired driver’s licenses, vehicle registrations or other government licenses. Under Public Law 29-148, originally authored by Senator Respicio, these personnel have 180 to handle the bureaucratic requirements. Respicio said, “They need to spend that five and a half months re-connecting with their families.”

For more information, please contact Senator Respicio’s office at 472-7679.

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Attachments:
Resolution No. 402-33 (LS)
Public Law 29-148
Photos of Resolution Presentation on 8/15/2016

UNSWORN DECLARATION: I hereby declare that the foregoing is true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief, under penalty of perjury of the laws of Guam, this declaration being sworn and made in lieu of an affidavit pursuant to Title 6 Guam Code Annotated §4308, at the place and date identified herein.