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Inconsistent veteran appreciation by Home Depot

Letter to the Editor

Just before this Memorial Day weekend, when our nation honors and commemorates the men and women who gave their lives for our nation, I became informed Home Depot is once again slip sliding on its past promises of honoring past, and present active duty American veterans.

While speaking to a salesperson at the above store, I learned his very generous boss was a major donor to political campaigns. However, this same CEO of Home Depot has decided to drastically lower the number of days his stores will now offer past and present active duty veterans a discount.

In a once very politically correct, and very public display of honoring the service of all active duty American veterans, Home Depot had proudly announced any veteran who presents an official VA Benefit Card would receive a 10 percent discount.

As of today, the number of days this discount will be offered has been reduced to four holiday weekends, amounting to an approximate 90 percent reduction of Home Depot’s previous very public generous statement!

Sounds like a classic ‘bait and switch’ publicity stunt. American servicemen and women don’t switch on their promises. We have been always faithful.

The American military serve every day of the year, seven days a week, 24 hours a day. We don’t backslide.

Would helping out our minuscule, less than 1 percent of our population who have served, and are serving really break your highly profitable company?

Mr Home Depot CEO, you made a big, very public deal of your generous generosity, and respect for American veterans, but you are now quietly reducing that number of days this discount was available.

Perhaps this was again another internal communication problem.

Tim McCarthy



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