Remarks by Walmart President and CEO Mike Duke Introducing First Lady Michelle
Obama at the Business Roundtable
BENTONVILLE, Ark., March 13, 2013
BENTONVILLE, Ark., March 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Walmart President and CEO
Mike Duke will introduce First Lady Michelle Obama at the Business Roundtable
and deliver the following remarks, as prepared for delivery, today, March
13^th at approximately 11:40 am EST:
"We are pleased to be joined by our guest today, First Lady Michelle Obama.
Mrs. Obama speaks movingly about the service, strength, and sacrifice of our
current generation of troops, veterans, and military families. It is a
personal privilege to share some of her work and to start our discussion
around creating opportunity for this new group of heroes.
"This is a critical moment for America's veterans.More and more of them are
coming home in the coming years, and finding work in the civilian world has
its share of challenges. Walmart has stores in America's small towns, big
cities, suburbs and rural areas, and we see in these communities the
difficulties veterans face.
"Walmart recognized we could make a difference, and we knew from experience
that hiring a veteran is one of the best business decisions you can
make.Veterans are strong leaders, team players, highly trained, and committed
to service.So beginning this Memorial Day, Walmart will hire any honorably
discharged veteran who wants a job with us in his or her first 12 months off
active duty. We project that we will hire 100,000 veterans in the next five
"Many of you in this room already have fantastic initiatives underway, and we
hope our commitment can be a catalyst toward even greater action.We are so
fortunate to have a leader to bring us all together in First Lady Michelle
"Mrs. Obama and Dr. Jill Biden have created 'Joining Forces' to ensure our
service members and their families have the opportunities they have earned.
They believe strongly that our veterans give us a land of freedom, and we owe
them a land of opportunity. Just listen to what they have accomplished
through Joining Forces:
oMore than 2,100 companies have committed to hire or train more veterans
and military spouses in the next five years;
o17 states are speeding up professional certifications for military spouses
whose families are transferred;
oHundreds of medical and nursing schools have committed to train the next
generation of doctors and nurses in dealing with PTSD and traumatic brain
oAmericans have honored veterans by volunteering more than 22 million hours
"The First Lady is asking everyone to step up: business, civil society,
government and nonprofits. And I can tell you she is a tremendous partner.
Walmart is working alongside her 'Let's Move' initiative to make the food we
sell healthier and our healthier foods more affordable, and we were honored to
host her recently in a store in Springfield, Missouri. Her leadership will
take this effort to a whole new level.
"Last week, Mrs. Obama's office held a meeting at the White House with more
than 40 companies. We were proud to work with her team, and I know many of
you took part.The First Lady is bringing the resources of the Departments of
Defense, Labor, and Veterans Affairs and the entire federal government into
this partnership to make hiring veterans as efficient and effective as
"Because of her leadership and all of your leadership – we can move forward
not just as individual companies but as a united business community.We can
offer veterans a wider range of opportunities across different industries and
occupations.And we can act with the urgency this cause demands.
"We can do more.We must do more.And there's no one better to speak to us
about how we can help than our First Lady.Ladies and gentlemen, the First
Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama."
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and
live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through
their mobile devices. Each week, more than 200 million customers and members
visit our more than 10,500 stores under 69 banners in 27 countries and
e-commerce websites in 10 countries. With fiscal year 2013 sales of
approximately $466 billion, Walmart employs more than 2.2 million associates
worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate
philanthropy and employment opportunity.Additional information about Walmart
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