2009-10-23 / News

Chief Justice signs statement of support for the National Guard and Reserve

By John Temple Ligon

Inside the S. C. Supreme Court are (l-r) John Green, Jim Rhodes, Joe Smoak, Chief Justice Jean Toal, Derrick Shumpert, S. C. Court of Appeals Judge James Lockemy, Tammy Rast, Don Shumpert, and The   Columbia Star Business Editor John Temple Ligon. The folded and framed American flag was with Judge Lockemy during his combat tour in Kosovo. He presented the flag to Chief Justice Toal. Inside the S. C. Supreme Court are (l-r) John Green, Jim Rhodes, Joe Smoak, Chief Justice Jean Toal, Derrick Shumpert, S. C. Court of Appeals Judge James Lockemy, Tammy Rast, Don Shumpert, and The Columbia Star Business Editor John Temple Ligon. The folded and framed American flag was with Judge Lockemy during his combat tour in Kosovo. He presented the flag to Chief Justice Toal. On Wednesday, Oct. 14, South Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Jean Toal signed a statement of support for the state’s parttime military careerists, many of whom get deployed overseas. Justice Toal joined other employers in a pledge:

We fully recognize, honor and enforce the Uniformed Services Employment and Re- Employment Rights Act (USERRA).

Our managers and supervisors will have the tools they need to effectively manage those employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve.

We will continually recognize and support our country’s service members and their families in peace, in crises and in war.

“Chief Justice Jean Toal joins a cadre of Fortune 500 companies, state and federal agencies, and thousands of America’s employers in demonstrating support for our armed forces,” added John Green, Field Chair of the S. C. Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Committee (ESGR).

An employee of the S. C. Judicial Department, Staff Sergeant Samuel Miller of the National Guard, is currently deployed overseas.

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