FRAMINGHAM, Mass. – “I think it’s important that we really acknowledge that we understand what you guys do for us and how you protect us every day,” said Carol Meyrowitz “and I think a lot of us forget that.”
And so, sitting at a large table under a large American flag, next to Medal of Honor Recipient U.S. Capt. (Ret.) Thomas Hudner Jr., and serving and retired members of the military, Meyrowitz, chief executive officer, TJX Companies, signed a Statement of Support for the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, during a ceremony at her company’s headquarters, here, September 13, 2012.
“I think a lot of us live our lives every day making the assumption that everything is fine,” said Meyrowitz, “everything is safe.”
Meyrowitz knows how quickly that assumption can change.
TJX lost seven employees during the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Meyrowitz knew them all.
”You’re the people who put your lives on the line for us,” said Meyrowitz,”here we are in a business … we’re selling clothing. You’re saving lives.”
Employers who sign the Statement of Support recognize the value of those employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve, promote the hiring of those who serve or have served the country in uniform, remain in compliance with the Uniform Services Employment and Reemployment Right Act and make sure their managers and supervisors have all the tools they need to manage serving Guardsman and Reservists when they are called to duty.
“In today’s economy it’s not easy for any company, big or small,” said Brig. Gen. Gary Keefe, Assistant Adjutant General (Air), Massachusetts National Guard, “so when a company like TJX continues to sign a compact pledging continued support to the Guard (and Reserve) and amplifying it with some of the programs that they are putting in place to help veterans find jobs … it’s huge. It really is a monumental for a company like TJX to do what they are doing and it shows their devotion and their commitment to the fighting men and women of the military.”