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Walmart Initiative Hires 385 Veterans in Hawai‘i Since 2013

May 28, 2017, 9:00 AM HST
* Updated May 28, 6:57 AM
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Since Walmartʻs commitment to hire veterans in May 2013, the retail giant has hired 385 military veterans in Hawai‘i.

The companyʻs Veterans Welcome Home Commitment guarantees a job offer to any eligible honorably discharged U.S. veteran. Nationwide, the company has hired more than 170,000 veterans through the initiative which aims to hire 250,000 veterans by the end of 2020.

“At Walmart, we have seen firsthand that veterans and active service members bring tremendous skills, like leadership, attention to detail and conscientiousness, to their civilian jobs,” said Retired Brigadier General, Gary Profit, senior director of military programs for Walmart. “We are proud to salute these individuals during all stages of service – from making a decision to enlist in the armed forces to when they return home.”

Walmart also ensures family members of veterans are given lasting job opportunities through the Military Family Promise program. The initiative guarantees employment at a nearby store or Samʻs Club for all military personnel and spouses employed by a Walmart or Samʻs Club who relocate in the U.S. due to service obligations for the military. The company also participates in the U.S. Chamber of Commerceʻs Hiring Our Heroes Program, recruiting veterans through career fairs.

In recognition of Memorial Day, Walmart is awarding a $100,000 grant to the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), which offers support for loved ones grieving the loss of a member of the U.S. Armed Forces. The award will support the TAPS Casework and Emergency Assistance Program for survivors in need of help.

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Walmart has a history of supporting veterans, service members and their family members. In 2011, the retailer and Walmart Foundation pledged $20 million by 2015 to support veterans and their families with program that provide job training, transition help and education. Completing the commitment in May 2014, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation renewed the pledge, announcing an additional $20 million through 2019 for continued support of veterans and their families.

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