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Walgreens Pledges to Help Vets

Policy for Deerfield based company goes out of its way to help members of the reserves and National Guard when they are called to active duty.

reaffirmed its commitment to hire members of the military and help them transition into the civilian workforce Thursday, according to a release from the Illinois National Guard.

Kathleen Wilson-Thompson, the company’s chief human resources officer, signed a written statement on behalf of Walgreens CEO Greg Wasson and its 247,000 employees embracing the extensive corporate policy to hire and transition former military personnel.

"We're proud to be a part of an organization designed to help American employers support the employment and military service of members of the National Guard and Reserve," Wilson-Thompson said.

"Transitioning to civilian life is challenging for many returning service members and it is our hope that we can help provide insight and assistance to help veterans obtain civilian employment," she added.

When Walgreens employees who are members of the National Guard or reserves are called to active duty, they receive their full salary less their military pay for 42 months from the last day worked. They can also continue to receive benefits as if they were still working for the company.

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