Walmart is grateful for the sacrifice our nation’s veterans, military men and women, and their families have made in service to our country. It is not only our duty, but our honor to support our men and women in uniform not only when they are on the battlefield, but also when they return home and transition to civilian life. We are committed to helping these men and women as they face this important period through job opportunities, as well as support for programs that provide the job training, transition support and education they may need.
Veterans Welcome Home Commitment
In May 2015, Walmart announced the next step in its Veterans Welcome Home Commitment by guaranteeing a job offer to any eligible U.S. veteran honorably discharged from active duty since the commitment’s original launch on Memorial Day 2013. The previous commitment was for veterans within 12 months off active duty. In May of 2015, Walmart expanded its 2013 projection of hiring 100,000 veterans by 2018, increasing the projection to 250,000 veterans by the end of 2020.
Since Memorial Day 2013, Walmart has hired more than 100,000 veterans, and nearly 9,000 have already been promoted to jobs with higher pay and greater responsibility, as of September 2015. These projections and reported hires/promotions include veterans hired under our original and expanded Commitment as well as other veterans hired by Walmart in this time frame.
Veterans can explore career options with the company at www.walmartcareerswithamission.com
Walmart participates in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring Our Heroes program. Walmart, Sam’s Club and other employers have recruited tens of thousands of veterans through hundreds of career fairs. For a full list of upcoming events, please visit www.uschamber.com/veterans.
Empowering organizations including the Institute for Veterans and Military Families, Team Red, White and Blue, Team Rubicon, Hire Heroes USA and Blue Star Families joined Walmart to launch Greenlight A Vet, a campaign to help create visible and actionable national recognition for American Veterans. For more information visit www.greenlightavet.com.
Military Family Promise
Walmart’s Military Family Promise guarantees a job at a nearby store or club for all military personnel, and military spouses, employed at Walmart and Sam’s Club who move to a different part of the country because they or their spouse have been transferred by the United States military. The promise also ensures associates called away to active military duty will be paid any difference in their salary if the associate is earning less money during their military assignment.
Education, Job Training and Reintegration Assistance
Recognizing that opportunity sometimes isn’t the only challenge facing transitioning military families, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have also supported veterans in other ways. For example:
In 2011, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation committed $20 million by 2015 to support veterans and their families with assistance from programs that provide job training, transition help and education.
With the early completion of the commitment in May of 2014, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation renewed their commitment, announcing an additional $20 million through 2019 to support veteran job
training, education, and innovative public/private community-based initiatives that address the challenges many of our veterans face when returning to the civilian workforce and their communities.