Sears aims to hire more military veterans in 2012

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Sears Holdings has publicly vowed to increase its hiring of veterans by 10% over the next year. In 2011, it hired 1,636 former military members, up more than 200% from 2010.

The retail chain already employs more than 30,000 veterans, 1,500 of whom still serve in the National Guard and Reserve.

Sears’ senior VP of human resources is a Navy veteran, who says as more military members return from active duty, U.S. employers have an obligation to support them, especially by offering jobs.

Sears hosts an Associate Military Support Group to help maintain a positive work environment for military employees. When full-time associates go on military reserve duty, Sears makes up the difference between their military pay and their usual Sears income. Reservists who are employed full time also keep their life, medical and dental insurance.

Contact: Tom Aiello, tom.aiello@searshc.com.

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