Walmart to Train and Hire 100,000 Veterans Over the Next Five Years
Walmart U.S. President and CEO Bill Simon Participates in White House Joining
Forces Veterans Employment Announcement
BENTONVILLE, Ark., April 30, 2013
BENTONVILLE, Ark., April 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Walmart U.S. CEO and
U.S. Navy Veteran Bill Simon participated in the Joining Forces Employment
Announcement with President Obama, Vice President Biden, First Lady Michelle
Obama and Dr. Jill Biden at the White House.
Mr. Simon made the following statement regarding Walmart's Veterans Welcome
Home Commitment and the White House Joining Forces Initiative:
"We greatly appreciate the President and First Lady Obama and the Vice
President and Dr. Biden's leadership on creating opportunity for veterans.
It's an important effort, and it's making a difference.
"The private sector is stepping up for our heroes, just as they have stood for
us. Every company in America has benefited from the service and sacrifice of
our men and women in uniform.Sadly, too many of those who fought for us
abroad now find themselves fighting for jobs at home.
"It's up to us to right this – and to put our veterans back to work. And
let's be clear: hiring a veteran can be one of the best decisions any of us
can make. Veterans bring to the private sector that seriousness and sense of
purpose that the military instills. These are leaders with discipline,
training, and a passion for service. Our nation has invested in their skills
and it shows.
"So earlier this year, Walmart announced we will offer a job to any honorably
discharged veteran within his or her first twelve months off active duty. We
project that Walmart will hire and train more than 100,000 veterans over the
next five years.
"Since then, we have been building the systems to launch this effort on
Memorial Day. Today, I'm pleased to share we've set a goal of a 30 day hiring
process for veterans seeking direct job placement -- 30 days from job
application to job offer. And we believe the vast majority of applicants will
be placed within 30 days.
"We've also been reaching out to other companies. When we announced our
commitment, the First Lady's team immediately expressed an interest in working
with us and the entire business community to build on our pledge through the
Joining Forces Initiative.
"To move this effort forward, I wrote to 50 CEOs in the U.S. to urge them to
make hiring commitments of their own. And I'm proud that 43 of those companies
joined us in March for a working meeting at the White House. I'd like to thank
the Joining Forces Initiative, which has been a great partner in creating
awareness and building momentum.
"I can also share today that we're working with several other companies to
create a talent exchange that will help veterans find the most appropriate job
openings for them – no matter where they apply. We want to offer veterans the
best range of opportunities across different industries and occupations should
they need it.
"Through their service, veterans give us a land of freedom. I believe it's our
responsibility to give them a land of possibility when they return."
For more information about Walmart's Veterans Welcome Home Commitment please
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