Betrayed? Citizen soldiers lose jobs; U.S. government biggest offender
LOS ANGELES -- The jobs of the nation's citizen-soldiers are supposed to be safe while they are serving their country: Federal law does not allow employers to penalize service members because of their military duties. Yet every year, thousands of National Guard and Reserve troops coming home from Afghanistan and elsewhere find they have been replaced, demoted, or denied benefits or seniority. Government agencies are among the most frequent offenders, accounting for about a third of the more than 15,000 complaints filed with federal authorities since the end of September 2001, records show. Others named in the cases include some of the biggest names in American business, such as Wal-Mart...
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Through foster care, homelessness, health crises and depression, one thing has remained a constant in Roxy Stan's life. "My pets," said Stan, 68, who lives at an assisted-living center in Natomas, Calif. "I have never ...continue reading