Have you seen the reports about how Sears is honoring its reservist employees called to active duty?

By law, companies are required to hold reservists’ jobs open and available, but nothing more. More often than not, reservists take a big pay cut and lose benefits as a result of a call-up… but not those employed by Sears.

Sears is voluntarily paying the difference in salaries and maintaining all benefits, including medical insurance and bonus programs, for up to two years.

This makes Sears an exemplary corporate citizen that should be recognized for its contribution.

The undisclosed originator of this information wrote:

“I decided to check this out before I forwarded it, and I sent this information in an e-mail to the Sears Customer Service Department with my comments: 'I received this by email and I would like to know if it is true. If it is, the Internet may have just become one very good source of advertisement for your store. I know I would go out of my way to buy products from Sears now, instead of a like item from another store even if it was cheaper at the other store.'”

Here is Sear's reply:

Dear Customer:
Thank you for contacting Sears.
The information is factual.
We appreciate your positive feedback. Sears regards service to our country as one of greatest sacrifices our young men and women can make.
We are happy to do our part to lessen the burden they bear at this time.
Bill Thorn, Sears Customer Care, 1-800-349-4358

If you appreciate this “old fashioned” concept of patriotism, perhaps you will shop at Sears when you can… and be sure to find and tell a manager why you are there so the company receives the positive reinforcement it well deserves.

… And if you know about other companies who provide similar assistance to their reservist employees, please let me know and I will give them “equal billing” here on Keeping Apace.