Today I have been shocked and disturbed by those of you who feel inconvenienced as the Sears Heroes at Home Program has tried extending a gift worth millions of dollars to military families. The sheer number of you writing hateful and discouraging posts on Sear’s Facebook wall and other popular military support pages has astounded and disgusted me.
Sears has graciously delivered millions of donations to our active duty military families as a way to say thank you for our service. Many of you may not have noticed, but when you click on the “apply now” link, it takes you to a contracted provider’s link: Centra Promo Group. I imagine that Sears outsourced the service to try and provide a seamless process for us. Yes, there was some confusion and hiccups along the way, but in no way was this Sear’s fault. However, this didn’t stop you from heaving your negativity on their wall, which is truly embarrassing for us all.
For those of you who have aired your complaints about specific ranks being more deserving than others, to you I say that all families who have served in the Armed Forces have sacrificed. Have you considered that many families are supporting their extended families which have been negatively impacted by the economy? What about those families whose children have disabilities or specific issues causing financial strain?
Are we to then start judging all active duty service members based off the number of deployments or hardships that one has faced? What about those who have served in arduous combat through repeated deployments? Does this mean that someone who supports or trains our military forces is less deserving?
The idea of measuring one’s hardships against another’s saddens me deeply. We all have sacrificed one way or another and pitting ourselves against each other is shameful. If you feel that this giveaway is the only way you will be able to provide Christmas presents for your children, put your shoes on and walk towards your nearest Family Readiness building or Support Organization and ask for help. There are online organizations which help families during the holidays as well, including Toys for Tots, Soldier’s Angels, Operation Homefront and more.
To those who are equally embarrassed by this public behavior, please join me in thanking Sears publically by writing on their wall or sending in a letter of thanks.