Say what you will about Walmart, but I dont see any other major corporation making the same kind of commitment to U.S. veterans.
Today Walmart Launches Veterans Commitment and Plans to Hire 100,000 Over the Next Five Years
Walmart will offer a job to any honorably discharged veteran within their first 12 months off active duty
BENTONVILLE, Ark., May 27, 2013 – Today, Walmart launched the Veterans Welcome Home Commitment to offer a job to any honorably discharged veteran within his or her first 12 months off active duty, and projects to hire more than 100,000 veterans over the next five years.
“Hiring a veteran can be one of the best business decisions you make,” said Bill Simon, Walmart U.S. president and CEO and US Navy Veteran. “We believe Walmart is already the largest private employer of veterans in the country, and we want to hire more.”
In April, Walmart participated in the Joining Forces Employment Announcement at the White House, and challenged companies to hire 100,000 veterans and their spouses by the end of 2013. To move this effort forward, Simon wrote to 50 CEOs in the U.S. to urge them to make hiring commitments of their own.
“Every company in America has benefited from the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform,” said Simon. “The biggest issue facing our veterans today is jobs. Sadly, too many of those who fought for us abroad now find themselves fighting for jobs at home.”
The company’s focus on supporting veterans extends beyond its hiring initiative. The Walmart Foundation has committed $20 million through 2015 to helping veterans and their families transition from the military into the civilian workforce through programs that provide job training, transition support and education.