Walmart Salutes Veterans and Military Families with 20,000 Jobs and a Helping
Hand for the Holidays
BENTONVILLE, Ark., Nov. 11, 2013
BENTONVILLE, Ark., Nov. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Today, in observance of
Veterans Day, Walmart announced significant progress in its support for
veterans and military families. The company reported that it has hired more
than 20,000 veterans since the launch of its Welcome Home Commitment on
Memorial Day. It also kicked off its holiday giving with a $2 million donation
to Operation Homefront and Fisher House to provide toys, meals and lodging to
military families in greatest need of support this year. The donation will
also help hundreds of active duty service members come home for the holidays.
The holiday donation is in addition to the commitment by the Walmart
Foundation to give $20 million through 2015 to help veterans and their
families prepare for successful civilian lives through job training,
transition support and education.
"Today we're reinforcing our pledge to hire, learn from and support our
military heroes in every way we can, whether it's recruiting veterans or
reuniting military families during the holidays," said Bill Simon, Walmart
U.S. president and CEO and U.S. Navy veteran. "Through their service, our
troops give us a land of freedom. We will keep doing our part to give them a
land of possibility."
20,000 Jobs for Veterans
Earlier this year Walmart pledged to offer a job to any honorably discharged
veteran within his or her first 12 months off active duty. Since Walmart
launched its Welcome Home Commitment on Memorial Day 2013, more than 20,000
veterans have been hired. "We are proud of the progress that has been made to
this point, and we applaud other companies that have made their own hiring
pledges, including most recently Starbucks, in what truly should be a national
effort," said Simon.
Walmart recruits veterans into positions that best match their skills and
professional goals, from immediate jobs in stores and clubs to long-term
careers. The company expects its commitment to result in the hiring of more
than 100,000 veterans over the next five years.
U.S. Army Capt. Mike Bolton is one of the veterans hired by Walmart this year.
He is a Logistics Load Manager at one of the company's regional operations
centers. "I wanted to be part of a company where I can go as far as my talent
and hard work can take me," said Bolton. "When I went to a local recruiting
fair, I was excited to see Walmart reaching out to veterans. The skills I
learned in the military translate well into my new job and I can see myself
growing with the company."
Walmart is one of the largest private employers of veterans in the country.
Its workforce includes more than 100,000 veterans and another 150,000
associates who are part of veteran and military families.
Operation Homefront Receives $1.5 Million for "Home for the Holidays" Program
The holidays can be an especially challenging time for military families with
a deployed spouse, parent or child. Operation Homefront will receive $1.5
million to provide 25,000 toys and more than 17,000 meals to military families
nationwide. The gift also will support Operation Homefront's "Home for the
Holidays" program, which will bring home 500 active duty military to spend the
holidays with their families.
"It is because of partners like Walmart that we are able to honor our
commitment to provide year-round emergency financial assistance to the
families of our military members and wounded warriors," stated Jim Knotts,
Operation Homefront president and CEO. "Not only are our military families
dealing with the challenge of deployment and separation from loved ones, but
they're also confronted by difficult economic situations like many Americans.
In fact, this year alone, we've seen requests for emergency financial
assistance triple over historical levels. We are proud of our partnership with
Walmart, and through our combined efforts we can make this time of year much
more meaningful for thousands of military families."
Largest Single Donation to Fisher House "Sponsor a Family" Program
In addition, Walmart will give $500,000 to the Fisher House "Sponsor a Family"
program, the largest single donation to the program, which provides a home
away from home for families with a service member in the hospital for an
illness, disease or injury. The funding will provide 50,000 nights of free
lodging for families so they can be close to loved ones.
"As an organization, we work very hard to fill the gaps and help our military
during very difficult times, usually when a loved one is sick, or recovering
from an injury. Our ability to make an impact is amplified through the support
of partners, like Walmart, going above and beyond the call of duty," stated
Ken Fisher, Fisher House Foundation chairman and CEO. "The support from
Walmart will enable us to cover the cost for half of our guests during the
next year, a gift that is truly priceless to those we serve."
Calling All Americans for a Nationwide Salute
To make sure everyone has the opportunity to join Walmart in saluting our
nation's military families, Operation Homefront and Fisher House are offering
Americans online destinations for donating:
oVisit fisherhouse.org/Walmart to make a donation and salute Fisher
House's "Sponsor a Family" program.
oVisit operationhomefront.net/walmart to make a donation and salute
military families this holiday season.
Consumers can also celebrate our nation's heroes with Walmart's Wall of Honor
at walmart.com/wallofhonor, an online venue where anyone can recognize and
share about the veterans in their lives, or join the conversation by following
@WalmartVeterans on Twitter.
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