Walmart, Sam's Club and Operation Homefront Kick off Saluting Heroes Together Series on Armed Forces Day

Walmart, Sam's Club and Operation Homefront Kick off Saluting Heroes Together
                          Series on Armed Forces Day

Community-wide event to honor veterans and those currently serving

PR Newswire

SAN DIEGO, May 17, 2013

SAN DIEGO, May 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --On Armed Forces Day, Walmart, Sam's
Club and Operation Homefront will kick off its nationwide series Saluting
Heroes Together with a community-wide military appreciation event in San
Diego. The event will be the first in a series of tributes the organizations
are hosting across the country to honor the brave men and women who have or
are currently serving and their families.

This event will take place Saturday, May 18, 2013, at the Walmart Supercenter
located at 3412 College Ave. in the College Grove Shopping Center. Lunch and
giveaways will be provided by Walmart and Sam's Club suppliers, including
Johnsonville's World's Largest Grill.

Earlier this year, Walmart announced that beginning Memorial Day, May 27, the
company will offer a job to any honorably discharged veteran within his or her
first 12 months off active duty through its Veterans Welcome Home Commitment
and plans to hire more than 100,000 veterans over the next five years. Members
from the Walmart People Division department will be on hand at the event to
answer questions about the commitment.

"People who join the military have a passion to serve others, are eager to
learn and are looking for training and experience," said Pablo Ceniceros,
Walmart store co-manager and Army veteran. "After I left the Army I was
looking for an opportunity to apply the same skills in my community, and that
is why I joined Walmart."

"Since our organization was founded in 2002, we have been committed to helping
and supporting our service men and women and their families," says Jack
Chirrick, executive director, Operation Homefront – California. "We are proud
to partner with Walmart and Sam's Club and are honored to take part in the
Saluting Heroes Together events that will help strengthen community support
for those who have served and sacrificed to provide opportunity for us."

The company's focus on supporting veterans extends beyond its hiring
initiative. The Walmart Foundation has committed $20 million through 2015 to
helping veterans and their families transition from the military into the
civilian workforce through programs that provide job training, transition
support and education. In late 2012, the foundation awarded a $750,000 grant
to Swords to Plowshares in California. The grant increased job training
programs and is expected to support 700 veterans in underserved areas of the

"We as Americans owe our military service members a great debt. I applaud
Walmart for taking concrete steps to help our veterans transition into
civilian life," said San Diego Councilmember Lorie Zapf. "The commitment to
provide a job to every recently discharged veteran will make a big difference
in the military community."

To learn more, drop by Saturday's event in San Diego or visit 

About Walmart

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live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online and through
their mobile devices. Each week, more than 245 million customers and members
visit our more than 10,800 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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