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waving flagI received the following from a long time friend. I believe you will find his perspective thought New WhatDidYouSay Logoprovoking.

Jerry Broussard of WhatDidYouSay.org

This weekend, I was chatting with a real estate agent and noticing a photograph of a young man in full combat gear, standing in front of a carved stone image of a lion headed bull, with wings.  He was standing proud and erect and smiling, pleasantly.

I ask her if that was her son … a reasonable perception.  And her only reply was, “Yes … in Iraq.  He died there”.

Perhaps, being a Viet Nam vet, it hit me like a heavy punch … in the gut.  I just stood there silently admiring this courageous young man, holding back tears, and quietly, reverently and softly said, “That hurts … really hurts”.  It did … it really did.

Later in the day, the following commentary showed up in my email …

“Something to think about!

Low military pay was not mentioned in the State of the Union speech.  However, increasing the minimum wage was … for those fast food workers striking for $15 an hour.  Let’s do some math:

At $15 an hour, Johnny Fryboy would make $31,200 annually.
An E1 (Private) in the military makes $18,378.
An E5 (Sargent) with 8 years of service only makes $35,067 annually.

So you’re telling me, La McBurger flipper, that you deserve as much as those kids getting shot at, deployed for months in hostile environments, and putting their collective a—s on the line every day protecting your unskilled b–t!?

Here’s the deal, Baconator, you are working in a job designed for a kid in high school who is learning how to work and earn enough for gas and hanging out with their equally goofy high school pals.  If you have chosen this as your life long profession, you have failed.  If you don’t want minimum wage, don’t have minimum skills.  Sucks don’t it!

If you can read this, thank a teacher.  If you can read it in English, thank a veteran.”

My guess is that this $15 per hour deal … hits a nerve … or two.

John Smith (Yes, that is really his real name)
Apple Valley, CA

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Sears – Christmas shopping this year.


New WhatDidYouSay LogoI make no apologies for publishing this before Thanksgiving. When I hear of a retailer who is doing wonderful things for our military, I want to get the word out immediately.

Jerry Broussard of WhatDidYouSay.org

 

 

I just received this email message, confirmed it, and am sharing it with you.

“I know I needed this reminder, since Sears isn’t always my first choice.  It’s amazing when you think of how long the war has lasted  and Sears hasn’t withdrawn from their commitment. Could we each buy at least one thing at Sears this year?’ 

“What commitment you say?  How does Sears treat its employees who are serving in our military?  By law, they are required to hold their jobs open and available, but nothing more. Usually, people take a big pay cut and lose benefits as a result of being on active duty.    Sears is voluntarily paying the difference in salaries and maintaining all benefits, including medical insurance and bonus programs, for all employees  who are serving. I submit that Sears is an exemplary corporate citizen and should be recognized for its contribution. I suggest we all shop at Sears at least once this year.  Be sure to find a manager to tell them why we are there so the company gets the positive reinforcement & feedback it well  deserves.’

I decided to check this before I sent it forward. So I sent the following  e-mail to the Sears Customer Service Department:  I received this e-mail 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 company. I know I would go out of my way to buy products from Sears instead of another store for a like item, even if it’s cheaper at that store.” 

It’s verified! By: http://www.snopes.com/politics/military/sears.asp

This is their answer to my e-mail:

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 the  greatest sacrifices our men and women can make. This is the “least” we can do for them.  We are happy to do our part to lessen the burden they bear at this time.

 Bill Thorn   Sears  Customer Care

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Please pass this on. Sears needs to be recognized for this outstanding contribution and we need to show them as Americans, we do appreciate what they are doing for our Military!!!

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