DICKSON, TN: Walmart announced today that it is creating even more job opportunities for transitioning U.S. veterans in Tennessee, by guaranteeing a job offer to any eligible U.S. veteran honorably discharged from active duty since the original launch of the Veterans Welcome Home Commitment on Memorial Day 2013. The previous commitment was for veterans within 12 months off active duty.
Since Memorial Day 2013, Walmart has hired more than 2,530 veterans across Tennessee.* In addition to the Veterans Welcome Home Commitment, Walmart is expanding its 2013 projection of hiring 100,000 veterans nationwide by 2018, increasing the projection to 250,000 veterans by the end of 2020.*
“Walmart gave me a positive start to living a civilian life, and the opportunity to support myself and my family,” said Bobby Thurman, assistant manager in Dickson, Tennessee. “I am grateful for all the people I have met and the support Walmart has given me throughout the past two years to push towards my goal of becoming an assistant manager.”
Walmart has welcomed veterans into every aspect of its 141 facilities in Tennessee, from Supercenters and Neighborhood Markets to distribution centers and Sam?s Club locations. The flexibility and scheduling opportunities the retailer offers make it possible for transitioning service members to make their own path, whether that is pursuing educational goals or finding a meaningful new career path.
“We’ve experienced a tremendous response in Tennessee to the Veterans Welcome Home Commitment, and as more service members? transition out of active duty, we know we can do more,” said retired Brigadier General Gary Profit, Walmart’s senior director of military programs. “We believe veterans represent the largest, diverse, talent-rich pool in the world and are an essential segment of the next generation at Walmart.”
Walmart?s support for transitioning military veterans and their families extends into programs that provide training, education and economic opportunity.
* Coalition for Veteran Owned Business: On May 5th, Walmart participated in the launch of the Coalition for Veteran Owned Business, which will work to create opportunities for veteran and military-family owned businesses with American businesses and supply chains.
* Walmart’s U.S. Manufacturing Summit and Open Call: Walmart is also specifically encouraging military and veteran-owned businesses to apply for its annual U.S. Manufacturing Summit and Open Call to be held July 7-8, 2015, in Bentonville, Arkansas. The summit and open call will provide an opportunity to meet with Walmart?s buyers and facilitate meetings for current and potential suppliers with key state economic development officials.
In 2014, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation committed to veterans by pledging $20 million through 2019 to support veteran employment and transition programs. This pledge was made after Walmart and the Walmart Foundation successfully reached a 2011 commitment of $20 million by 2015 to help veterans and their families get through those challenges with assistance from programs that provide job training, transition support and education.
For more information about Walmart?s Veterans Welcome Home Commitment please visit: www.walmartcareerswithamission.com and follow on Twitter @WalmartVeterans.