Walmart Will Hire 'Every Veteran' Looking for a Job & That's a Beautiful Thing

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walmart and american flagOver the past few years -- especially since First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden have started working on Joining Forces, an effort to "highlight and support service members and their families, joining with top corporations and nonprofit groups to bolster their health-care, employment, and educational opportunities" -- we've seen some great progress with organizations and companies making strides to assist veterans upon their return home. Now comes exciting news that Walmart is making a huge move to make life easier for former members of the armed services. They've vowed to employ every veteran looking for work, hailing vets as “leaders with discipline, training, and a passion for service.”

The announcement today is linked to the company's five-year plan, which will officially kick off on Memorial Day, and should ultimately help 100,000 vets get hired. Awesome!

It does bear noting that vets will have to meet a couple different criteria to be eligible for the new program ... They must have left the military within the past 12 months and not have been dishonorably discharged. Fair enough.

And being that unemployment numbers among vets has been hanging out at a level much higher than the national average (for instance, in 2012, it was just below 10 percent), Walmart's plan is really a major step in the right direction to helping former members of the armed services get back into the work force. With hope, what they're doing here will really lay the groundwork for other corporations to make similar plans.

As for the FLOTUS herself? She's hailing it as a "historic" move, noting, "Walmart is setting a groundbreaking example for the private sector to follow." Cheers to that!

What do you think about Walmart's plan?

Image via Walmart/Flickr

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nonmember avatar NancyS

Wow. Kudos to WM. That is awesome! I think there are way too many people who get out of the military and then have a really hard time getting a job.

2cent... 2centsCDN

Walmart will hire them, pay them crappy wages, keep them at part time hours with no benefits and make them work Thanksgiving and eventually Christmas.

Elise48 Elise48

"We all believe that no one who serves our country should have to fight for a job..."  I'm sorry, but NO ONE period should have to fight for a job.

mande... manderspanders

"They must have left the military within the past 12 months and not have been dishonorably discharged"

Yea, because any vets who served pre-9/11 don't really matter...

(FWIW, my husband served 6 years in the Navy, lived on an air craft carrier, saw active duty related to Kosovo, and was honorably discharged 10/2001... unfortunately maintaining obselete data systems isn't a skill that carries over into civillian life.)   People TALK about respect for veterans...but it is usually only lip service and only directed to those who have served in the past 11 years.

nonmember avatar Pip

Sadly, Walmart will exploit them.

nonmember avatar LizzieBorden

Let's not forget all the human rights abuses that go on in China from Walmart.

WCURi... WCURiverRat

And pay them shitty wages so they're still struggling to pay bills and survive.

Heath... HeatherJo11

That's nice of Walmart. May not be a perfect company or a perfect solution. But it's still pretty cool.

nonmember avatar kathi

in reference to the comments regarding WM paying vets crappy wages and making them work holidays... NEWS FLASH... that is really no different than the military. i know because i am a military spouse (of 22+years). the military does not stop operating due to overtime or holidays and it's members are not compensated for such as are the general public. i see this as a step in the right direction. thank you WM for offering to do what you can to help vets.

Jessica Coppersmith Chavez

No one said they HAVE TO take the job. A job is a job. If it is good enough for now then so be it. Everyone is bashing their pay as though they are forced to work at Walmart. No, they have the opportunity to work at Walmart and right now, that is better than no job at all. The fact that they won't get turned down for employment is fantastic. Also, last I checked 9/11 happened more than a year ago SO to the woman complaining that post 9/11 vets get all the glory, no... they don't. Let's all complain about something that is positive. Oh, that's right, it's not good enough for you. Then don't work there!

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