Over 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?
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