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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Agency is Queried on Reservist Jobs

I thought we were all in this war together: but it seems not. Your story about reservists returning from Iraq being unable to take up their previous jobs saddened me (Agency Is Queried On Reservist Jobs, New York Times, November 9, 2007: A17).
I can see the difficulty a small employer might have in re-employing a returning veteran if the employer cannot afford to take on an additional person and does not want to fire the person who was hired as a replacement. Surely the our country could afford to pay the employer for the additional worker for some period of time so that personnel levels could adjust over time to an affordable level through attrition or turnover.
Once again, the brunt of this war is being born by our service persons and, in the case of reservists, by their employers. It is time that the government asked us to bear our share.Sent to New York Times

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