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November 20, 2003
Albany- Thousands of National Guard and reserve troops remain on active duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, and more likely will be called up soon.

Fortunately many of them, like Joe Jimmerson who works for Albany Body Works, have employers who support their military jobs.

That's why President Bush declared this week National Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Week. Jimmerson says it's important to know he has his boss's support.

"It makes a tremendous difference mentally on an individual when they have that and when employees show support to guard members, it's just a type of easing feeling and comforting to know that that's once less concern that they have," Jimmerson said.

Jimmerson has been deployed once to Bosnia. He was there for a year.

"Joe's been a good employee for 19 years now and that's one of the reasons we kind of work with his schedule," said Brian Duren, vice president of Albany Body Works. "The other reason is because he's serving our country we really feel like it's our duty to let him off whenever he needs to be and whenever they need him."

posted at 10:42 p.m. by brannon.stewart@walb.com