Phil Carter at Intel Dump points out a report in the WaPo.
About 1,300 National Guardsmen and reservists filed complaints with the Labor Department in the fiscal year ended Sept. 30, saying they suffered discrimination at work when they returned to their regular jobs after their tours of duty, government officials said. It couldn’t be learned whether any were returning from Iraq.
This is a DISGRACE.
Let’s see a list of offending companies. The article mentions the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office in Colorado, Stevens Transport Inc., a Dallas-based trucking firm, and Pert Andreassi Construction Management in New York.
I’m not suggesting that we just go out and raise hell about this right now. First, let’s make sure that the companies acted improperly. If they did, let’s just go out and raise some hell. A boycott of some American companies by angry Americans, for instance, would have a far greater effect than calling those little potato things you get with your burger “freedom fries.”
At the end of the day, our soldiers pay a heavy price for their decisions to serve in the military, especially those with jobs in the private sector. If we want reservists who are able to make a good living as civilians and serve their country as part-time warriors, we need to take a hard look at these legal protections and see if they need adjustment for today’s reservists. The laws were written at a time when a major mobilization was only expected in the case of another world war — that’s no longer the case. Today’s reservist must live with constant mobilizations, and I think these legal protections are probably insufficient for that situation.
As they say…Indeed. Very Indeed.