Walmart Will Hire Any Honorably Discharged Veteran within Their First Year off Active Duty, Starting Memorial Day
Say what you will about the big box retailer out of Bentonville, Arkansas, but they know the value of hiring veterans. Walmart has consistently been the largest private employer of our nation’s former military members, but now they are raising the bar even higher – and challenging others in the industry to work together to hire our nation’s heroes.
Starting May 31 – Memorial Day – Walmart will offer a job to any honorably discharged veteran in his or her first 12 months off active duty. Most of these jobs will be in Walmart stores and clubs, and some will be in distribution centers and the Home Office.
Over the next five years, Walmart projects it will hire more than 100,000 veterans. Walmart CEO Bill Simon believes hiring veterans will be critical to help rehabilitate the sagging US economy. “I can think of no better group to lead in revitalizing our economy than those who have served in uniform. Through their service, veterans give us a land of freedom. When they return, it must be to a land of possibility.”
Simon adds, “Hiring a veteran can be one of the best business decisions you make. Veterans have a record of performance under pressure. They’re quick learners and team players. They are leaders with discipline, training, and a passion for service. There is a seriousness and sense of purpose that the military instills, and we need it today more than ever.”
The White House has expressed interest in working with the retailer and the business community in hopes of building upon this commitment. The Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense, and major American employers will meet at the White House in the next few weeks to encourage businesses to make significant commitments to train and employ America’s returning heroes.
First Lady Michelle Obama stated, “As our wars come to an end and our troops continue to come home, it’s more important than ever that all of us – not just government, but our businesses and nonprofits as well – do our part to serve those who have served us so bravely. So today, my challenge is simple: for every business in America to follow Walmart’s lead by finding innovative solutions that both make sense for their workplaces and make a difference for our veterans and their families. Given what we’ve seen from Walmart and so many other companies over the past two years, we know that they will.”
Simon sums up his vision for retail and passion for the troops by saying, “Imagine what retail could do together. We could leave an incredible legacy as an industry. We can be the ones who step up for our heroes. And we can do this now.”