Paralyzed Veterans of America Praises Walmart for Its Commitment to Hire Veterans

  Paralyzed Veterans of America Praises Walmart for Its Commitment to Hire
  Veterans

            Urges Retailer to Hire More Veterans with Disabilities

Business Wire

WASHINGTON -- January 25, 2013

Paralyzed Veterans of America is congratulating Walmart on its recent pledge
to hire 100,000 veterans over the next five years.

“Having the world’s biggest retailer take-on one of the biggest challenges
facing veterans and their families—unemployment—will undoubtedly help end this
national crisis,” said Bill Lawson, U.S. Army veteran and national president
of Paralyzed Veterans of America. “We also believe that Walmart could play a
vital role in addressing perhaps the most difficult part of the veterans’
unemployment challenge—getting our veterans with disabilities back to work.”

With an unemployment rate for disabled veterans estimated to be three to eight
times higher than the national unemployment rate, Paralyzed Veterans created
its PAVE program (Paving Access for Veterans Employment)—which assists
hard-to-place veterans secure good jobs. This unique public-private
partnership involves all sectors in finding sustainable solutions to veterans’
unemployment. PAVE career counselors located throughout the country connect
directly with injured veterans at VA spinal cord injury centers and empower
them with the tools they need to secure good careers. At the same time, PAVE
counselors directly engage employers and educate them about the benefits of
hiring veterans with disabilities.

The PAVE program is currently working with more than 1,600 clients and this
number is growing every day. To date, the program has secured careers for
close to 500 hard-to-place veterans, and partnered with more than 450
employers including well-known brands such as Walgreens, Best Buy and
Microsoft.

“We stand ready to help Walmart and any other business out there that’s
looking to hire veterans,” Lawson added.

Paralyzed Veterans of America was founded by a group of seriously injured
American heroes from the “Greatest Generation” of World War II. They created a
nonprofit organization to meet the challenges that they faced back in the
1940s — from a medical community not ready to treat them to an inaccessible
world. For more than 66 years, Paralyzed Veterans’ national office and its 34
chapters across the nation have been making America a better place for all
veterans and people with disabilities. (www.pva.org)

Contact:

Paralyzed Veterans of America
Lani Poblete, 202-416-7667
 
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