More support of the troops

So let me get this right, a man goes to war, the deployment is extended, and somehow you missed that? Have you people even picked up a newspaper in the last few years? Pay no heed to the fact that he has been with your company for “15 years and is a group leader.” But how do you over look the fact that he is away and is in a war zone? Delta Faucet Co. saw fit to send a letter of firing to an Indiana National Guardsman! A Guardsman, that is serving in Iraq none the less! His wife was angered to say the least. After intervention, the company retracted the termination. Well DUH! Under federal law, anyone that is called to active duty, is allowed to return to that job within 90 days after the active duty ends.

A company has retracted the termination letter sent to an Indiana National Guardsman serving in Iraq and apologized to his family.

Misty Veerkamp opened the letter from the human resources manager at Greensburg’s Delta Faucet Co. plant last week saying her husband, David Veerkamp, was being fired because he had not returned to work from a yearlong leave of absence.

He remains deployed to Iraq, however, since being called to active duty in June 2006 _ and Misty Veerkamp said she was shocked by the letter.

Is it too much to ask for people to actually support those that they claim to? They claim that their policy is to welcome back the men and women serving in the armed forces. So where did you think he was? A safari? One would think that with him being a team leader, someone knew he went to war. Get the act together, and pay attention to what is going on. I do thank you for seeing the folly of your ways, even if you had no choice in the matter. You may not have meant any anxiety for the family and the service member, but it was there. You will take him back now, and I suggest you give that man a raise. A promotion even!

“We did not mean to cause any additional anxiety for the family of those serving in the military,” the statement said. “Our policy has been, and will continue to be, to welcome back the men and women of Delta serving in the armed forces.”

Cross Posted from The Katrinacrat Blog

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2 Responses to More support of the troops

  1. Ginny Cotts says:

    This is unbelievable. There is a HUGE amount of management shtuff that has to be done before someone can be terminated. We are not talking a computer generated letter that got out because no humans were looking for the odd ball errors. (The killer who was called for jury duty recently comes to mind)

    The human resources manager and anyone else involved (Veerkamp’s supervisor?) need some counseling and or probationary discipline. I don’t care how bad they feel about it.

    Donnie, you have probably seen this. I am swamped with stuff on my to do list away from the blog. It makes me want to hurl.

    Little Relief on Ward 53

    He received substandard PTSD treatment at Walter Reed, including a disconnected attempt to get him to cut back the smoking habit he picked up in Iraq and no attempt to test him for TBI, which he has a high risk factor for. This was four months into his stay:

    But his core anger was as high as ever, made worse by the relationship with his [civilian] psychiatrist. They met once or twice a week, mostly to discuss meds and argue. “Why don’t you ever come in here and smile?” the doctor asked, according to Calloway. “Why don’t you ever come in here and think today will be a good day?”

    Maybe they could embed the psychiatrist in a unit like Calloway’s until he gets a clue. Maybe a touch of PTSD would give him some insight. The SOB is lucky Calloway didn’t lose control of that anger.

    There are some other articles in the series that are linked at the bottom of the page. Reading to make your blood boil.

  2. Darrell Prows says:

    “Our policy has been and will continue to be to try our best to not get caught violating any federal laws regarding employees/Reservists/Guardsmen and then to polish it up to try to make ourselves appear magnanimous. We even allow vehicles in the employee parking lot with those yellow ribbon things on them.”