INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– Walmart celebrated the 6th anniversary of its Veterans Welcome Home Commitment with the announcement of more than 226,000 veteran hires since its launch in 2013, including 5,995 in Indiana. The Veterans Welcome Home Commitment guarantees a job offer to any eligible, honorably discharged U.S. veteran.
“Veterans bring their strong value systems and capable leadership to our business,” said Retired Brigadier General Gary Profit, senior director of military programs for Walmart. “Our military veteran associates are talented and dedicated, and they make us better. As a veteran myself, I am proud that Walmart offers career programs for veterans and military families: If you serve and sacrifice for your country, you shouldn’t have to fight for a job at home.”
“The spouses of our service members are the unsung heroes of our military,” said Rodney Walker, Region 43 General Manager. “In November of last year, we prioritized the hiring of military spouses, and we’re proud to be able to provide these brave men and women with quality jobs as they make so many sacrifices while their loved ones serve our country.
“Combine this great news with the latest report of Walmart hiring nearly 6,000 Hoosier veterans and there’s no doubt we can achieve any goal we set our minds to. In 2013, this company pledged to hire 250,000 veterans by 2020, and we’re proud to see that we’re moving closer to meeting that number.”
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have a long history of supporting service members, veterans and their families. In addition to the celebration of more than 226,000 veteran hires nationwide, Walmart is also celebrating the first milestone in its Military Spouse Career Connection, a new hiring initiative announced in 2018 aimed at military spouses. To date, Walmart has hired nearly 6,000 military spouses.
These milestones are underscored by the additional announcement by the Walmart Foundation of a $1 million grant to Hire Heroes USA to support their efforts to expand their own programs, improve data collection and reporting. Notably, a portion of the funding will support a Program Manager for Hire Heroes’ Serving Spouses Program, a career coaching program tailored specifically to military spouses who face unique barriers to employment such as frequent moves, child care challenges while a spouse is deployed and having to re-obtain certifications that don’t transfer from state to state.
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