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Walmart hires 42,000 veterans in first year of 'Welcome Home' commitment

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On Memorial Day 2013, Walmart announced its Veterans Welcome Home Commitment, vowing to hire 100,000 workers in five years.

Just one year later, the foundation announced in a press release that they had already hired 42,000 veterans, fulfilling nearly half that commitment -- four years early.

But that's not all. According to the same statement, Walmart promised that, in continuing its commitment to veterans and their families, it is pledging an additional $20 million through 2019 to "support veteran employment and transition programs" -- this on top of the $20 million pledge Walmart made in 2011 meant to "help veterans and their families get through those challenges with assistance from programs that provide job training, transition support and education."

As part of last year's launch, Walmart U.S. president and CEO Bill Simon said, "We have a generation of veterans who have built a legacy of incredible service and sacrifice to our nation." In the same statement, Simon claimed Walmart had "hired veterans at every career stage and in every part of [their] company, from stores and distribution centers to the home office and Walmart.com," adding that he believes they bring "invaluable skills including leadership, commitment and hard work, which make [their] workforce even stronger."

In this year's press release, Veteran Casey Mormen attested to the benefits of the program. "People don't realize how hard it is for veterans to find employment, and I received a call almost immediately after applying," said Mormen, who was hired at a Mich. store, adding Walmart has been supportive throughout her time with the company. "I started as a fitting room associate and have already been promoted to a department manager. I truly believe that you can go as far as your hard work will take you at Walmart, and the leadership team supports you along the way."

According to Walmart's corporate site, the program projects Walmart will hire more than 100,000 veterans in five years. For more on that five-year plan, check out this video.

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renner1234 May 23 2014 at 3:04 PM

At least somebody is doing something.

Obama needs to learn a lesson.

Wake up America, this presoident is hurting millions and you are letting the Democrats destroy the UIS Economy.

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aubrnenigma May 23 2014 at 3:09 PM

Walmart pays more than minimum wage, so to the posters that chose to slam Walmart over every other big box store, here are the facts.
The average stock clerk in American retail makes $7.50 per hour, the average for experienced sales associates is as follows:
Big Lots $9.50-$19,000
Costco $13.25-$26,500
Kmart $9.50 -$19,000
Kohl’s $10.00-$20,000
Macy’s $10.50-$21,000
Marshalls $9.50-$19,000
Sam’s Club $11.75-$23,500
Sears $9.75-$19,500
Target $10.00-$20,000
Walmart $10.50 -$21,000
The US national average pay for a sales associate in all department stores is $11.00 per hour. Pay is slightly higher in areas such as California, New York where the cost of living is fair more than than average, but rarely exceeds $15.00 per hour. The price of goods sold has little impact on retail wages and benefits, but those with drive and sales talent can find positions with retailers that offer additional commision on their sales totals. Walmart/Sam's Club pay better than average.

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Rich May 23 2014 at 4:00 PM

Hell froze over...AOL posted a positive story on Walmart!

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salmagundi111 May 23 2014 at 3:34 PM

Those who slam big businesses are people who don't have a clue as how a capitalist society functions. They should move to Cuba, the worker's paradise.

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aubrnenigma May 23 2014 at 3:19 PM

Walmart bashers seem to love Costco, because they pay a bit more, but they forget that Costco has only 429 stores, all located in metropolitan areas that have higher costs of living, so in reality, they pay little more than any Walmart. Walmart has 4858 stores, many in areas where the cost of living is low and the wages and benefits they pay are very good in comparison with other job opportunities available in those areas. Now are better than the other, but at least Walmart doesn't restrict their locations to higher income customer areas.

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pinkassassinmini May 23 2014 at 4:21 PM

This is all hogwash. My fiance is a 30-year-old Navy veteran and he couldn't even get an interview with them. So this begs the question: who in the hell are they hiring? It's all BS.

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jvargas305 May 23 2014 at 3:36 PM

I just don't understand about these new breed of veterans,My father and other friends when they got out
of the military they never got any help or special hiring privileges"in the 50-60'70's?
They all found they own damn good high paying jobs on there own like everyone else,These are real men
the old school veterans"

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wboozer@mail.com May 23 2014 at 3:39 PM

I'll just betcha that Walmart will pay them minimum wages, for many will be retired from work or for combat-related disabilities, so they will already be receiving supplementary incomes. That way, once again Walmart will receive good publicity and escape paying benefits that non-veterans will receive from the public coffers!

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Terry May 23 2014 at 4:37 PM

All well and good Walmart...Now stop selling all of us Chinese crap, bring the jobs back home, BUY AMERICAN!!!!!

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Ellen May 23 2014 at 1:48 PM

and pays them nothing

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