Tuesday, September 6, 2005

the activation

here's what you don't know about the national guard call-up for the hurricane:

it's a voluntary call-up.

that means that our guardsmen don't have to go. yes, tens of thousands are responding, and more are coming, but this is important:

because it is a voluntary call-up, our guardsmen who respond may go back to jobs that no longer exist because their employers fired them for leaving.

but, you say, employers aren't allowed to fire them for responding to guard duty.

wrong.

that rule only applies to ordered calls, not voluntary calls. so if you get your ass shipped to iraq to be shot at by fundamentalist whackos, you're protected.

if, instead, you respond to a national disaster because this is why you joined the guard in the first place, you have no protection.

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