Consider This: Troop Benefits

FEBRUARY 14, 2006 -- It has now been over two years since U.S. troops entered Iraq. Many men and women serving there are reservists. By law, their employers are required to hold their jobs open and available, but the reservists take a pay cut and lose benefits when they're called up.

One company recognizes the important job their reservist employees have been asked to do for their country. Sears is voluntarily paying the difference in salaries and maintaining all benefits, including medical insurance and bonus programs, for up to two years. An official with Sears says the company regards service to our country as one of the greatest sacrifices our young men and women can make, and adds they are happy to help lessen the burden their reservist employees are bearing.

Other companies should learn from the great example set by a company that Americans have depended upon for years. So the next time you're in Sears, take a moment to find the manager and thank them for their support for reservist employees.

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