Walmart to U.S. Veterans: We'll Hire Every One of You Who Wants a Job

Lyle, a world war two veteran, works at a Bentonville Wal-Mart.  (photo by Gilles Mingasson/Getty Images)By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO

NEW YORK -- Walmart Stores Inc., (WMT) the world's largest retailer and the nation's largest private employer, is making a pledge to hire every veteran who wants a job.

The plan is set to be announced as part of an address delivered in New York on Tuesday at the annual retail industry convention by Bill Simon, president and CEO of Walmart's namesake U.S. business.

Walmart, based in Bentonville, Ark., says it projects it will hire more than 100,000 veterans in the next five years. Honorably discharged veterans will have a "place to go", says Walmart's Simon, according to prepared text supplied by the discounter. The hiring pledge, which will begin on Memorial Day, covers veterans within 12 months of leaving active duty. Most of the jobs will be in Walmart's stores or its Sam's club locations. Some will be in the company's distribution centers.

"Let's be clear; hiring a veteran can be one of the best decisions any of us can make," Simon plans to say in his address to retailers gathered on the third day of the four-day National Retail Federation convention. "Veterans have a record of performance under pressure. They're quick learners, and they're team players. These are leaders with discipline, training, and a passion for service. There is a seriousness and sense of purpose that the military instills, and we need it today more than ever."

Walmart says it believes it is already the large private employer of veterans in the country.

The company says that it has spoken to the White House about its commitment, and said First Lady Michelle Obama's team has already expressed an interest in working with Walmart and with the rest of the business community.

In the next several weeks, the White House will convene the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Defense and major U.S. employers to encourage businesses to make significant commitments to train and employ American's returning veterans, according to Simon's prepared text.

Walmart which also operates Sam's Clubs, employs more than 1.4 million workers in the U.S.

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Is that such a good thing when they offer jobs for full time employees at below poverty level?

February 16 2013 at 5:15 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

that's A crock....I put in for part time employment and never heard back from them.

February 15 2013 at 10:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Walmart isn't being good to the employees that they have. why would they treat the already abused veterans out there any different. i think Home depot that is offering All veterans a chance too, that Veterans should run as fast over there as possible if they want a future with a good solid company!
I guess My comment cannot be shown huH??

February 15 2013 at 8:22 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I see the bad comments every day from unions and other detractors about Wal-Mart and just smile. I love a good success story and Wal-Mart certainly is that. Hiring vets is a good way to shut up the wet blankets. Now if they will restock and expand their Gun and ammunition departments in their sporting goods sections I will definitely feel they are real patriots.

January 17 2013 at 4:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Must be any vets dream. Work at Walmart for 8 bucks an hour.

January 17 2013 at 11:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

well this is fine - but considering the gentleman in the picture this is a confusing offer.... is this for all VETERANS with a Honorable discharge who are looking for work... or just 100,000 in the last 12 months.... there are a lot of Vets from prior service that could use a job......what about them it would seem if Walmart is exploiting the Veterans claiming their experience as a factor ... you would think the older Vets would be especialy considered in the offer... we are not only loaded with experience but we are acclimated to civilian life much more than some of the new Vets being discharged from the service... I'm sure there are plenty of Vets who would like to get back to work again.....

January 16 2013 at 12:06 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Let's quit all the negative. If you are unemployede; any job is a step in the right direction, whether digging ditches, shoveling manure, changing bedpans in a senior center - It's a JOB.

January 16 2013 at 7:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

guy in picture is a little old to have gotten discharged within the last 12 months!

January 16 2013 at 5:59 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Hahaha, went into a store yesterday and discussed this news , 70 year old cashier laughed..."they have kept us so short staffed lately that I don't know where they will put them , it has to be another scam by management "

January 16 2013 at 5:58 AM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply

Walmart plans to hire up to 100,000 veterans....A good start...
Walmart plans to purchase $50 billion of domestic products over the next 10 years....During that period Walmart will purchase $3 trillion of products from foreign companies....
A proverbial drop in the bucket...

January 16 2013 at 4:18 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply