BENTONVILLE, Ark. – Walmart has hired more than 206,000 veterans and promoted more than 30,000 to roles with higher pay and greater responsibility since launching its Veterans Welcome Home Commitment, the company announced.
The program guarantees a job offer to any eligible, honorably discharged U.S. veteran who has separated from service since the commitment was announced on Memorial Day 2013. Walmart now is more than 80% of the way to reaching its goal to hire 250,000 veterans by 2020.
The U.S. Department of Defense reports that approximately 1,300 veterans and their families return to civilian life every day. The skills and leadership abilities acquired in the military make them highly sought-after job candidates, according to Walmart officials.
Walmart’s military programs not only focus on transitioning veterans, but also those currently serving as well as military spouses. The Military Family Promise guarantees a job at a nearby store or club for all military personnel and military spouses employed by the company who move to a different part of the country because they have been transferred by the U.S. military. The policy allows service members and military spouses to remain in the same personnel and pay systems and gives them the opportunity to turn jobs into careers.