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Walmart Expanding Job Opportunities for U.S. Veterans in Hawai`i

May 20, 2015, 2:44 PM HST
* Updated May 20, 2:47 PM
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Walmart has announced it is expanding job opportunities to transitioning U.S. veterans in Hawai`i, as part of its Veterans Welcome Home Commitment.  The retail giant says it will guarantee a job offer to any eligible U.S. veteran honorably discharged from active duty since Memorial Day of 2013.

Walmart has hired 199 veterans in Hawai`i since Memorial Day of 2013, and aims to hire 100,000 veterans nationwide by 2018.

Marine Corps Sergeant Julius Booth says Walmart accommodated his college and weekend Army Reserves schedule.

“After learning about Walmart’s commitment to veterans, I applied for a position at Kapolei Walmart and was hired within two weeks as a part-time cashier in May 2014,” said Booth, who was recently promoted as an Asset Protection Customer Specialist for Kapolei Walmart.  “Since then, I’ve received pay increases and promotions and appreciate the ability to plan my work schedule around my college and military schedules.”
Sherry Menor-McNamara, Chamber of Commerce Hawai`i CEO, commended Walmart’s efforts in employing Hawai`i veterans.
“The veteran workforce brings a host of skills and talent applicable to any industry. We’re pleased to see that Walmart is committed to supporting our veterans and providing valuable opportunities to help them transition back to civilian life,” she said.

Retired Brigadier General Gary Profit, Walmart’s senior director of military programs, says the program has received a tremendous response so far in Hawai`i.

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“We believe veterans represent the largest, diverse, talent-rich pool in the world and are an essential segment of the next generation at Walmart.”

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