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    Kroger Supports Military Reservists

    Health care benefits and wage differentials extended for three months.


    CINCINNATI -- The Kroger Co. announced an enhanced military leave policy for employees called to active duty as a result of America's response to the September 11 terrorist attacks.

    Kroger has extended medical and prescription coverage for three months for reservists called to active military service. In addition, the company will make up the difference between Kroger pay and military pay for three months.

    All employees who have been called, or will be called, to serve between September 11, 2001 and December 31, 2002 are eligible for these benefits. To date, 49 employees have been called to active duty since September 11.

    "We are proud of our Kroger associates who have been called to serve our country," said Joseph Pichler, Kroger chairman and CEO. "These enhanced benefits will provide important financial stability to their families during a difficult period."

    Kroger operates 790 convenience stores and more than 2,400 supermarkets, including 177 supermarket fuel centers.

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