Walmart Reaches 6th Anniversary of Veterans Welcome Home Commitment; Announces More Than 5,200 Veteran Hires in Louisiana

5-22-19
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NEW ORLEANS – Walmart and the Walmart Foundation boasts a long history of supporting military service members, veterans and their families.

Yesterday, Walmart celebrated the sixth anniversary of its Veterans Welcome Home Commitment with the announcement of more than 226,000 veteran hires – including 5,284 in Louisiana – since its launch in 2013. 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, the 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.”

Walmart is also celebrating the first milestone in its Military Spouse Career Connection, a new hiring initiative announced in 2018 meant to help military spouses find work and obtain an income while their loved ones are away. To date, Walmart has hired nearly 6,000 military spouses.

In addition to those exciting developments, the Walmart Foundation announced that they will give a $1 million grant to Hire Heroes USA to support their efforts to expand their own programs, improve data collection and reporting. 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.

“Several years ago, Walmart pledged to hire 250,000 veterans by the year 2020,” said James Winchester, regional general manager for Louisiana. “Today’s news that during the past year, we’ve hired 5,284 right here in Louisiana shows our continued commitment to that promise. Just as important, we recently prioritized hiring spouses of our service members, and it’s encouraging to see the numbers being reported today. It shows that when we set a goal and focus on achieving it, we can accomplish so much.”

 

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