Walmart Celebrates thousands of veterans hired through Welcome Home Commitment program since 2013
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John Price of Sidney, Ohio is one of thousands of veterans who has found a home with Walmart since the company introduced the Veterans Welcome Home Commitment (VWHC) in 2013, setting its goal of hiring 250,000 new veteran associates by 2020.
“As a sergeant in the Army, I learned the importance of teaching and taking care of the individuals you lead. Since I started working at Walmart, I’ve discovered the company shares the same philosophy and every day I have the unique opportunity to go to work and take care of my associates and help them to learn and develop,” said John Price, Assistant Store Manager at the Sidney Walmart. “Seventy-five percent of Walmart salaried managers start as hourly associates. The distance you can go and the opportunities you are given are directly correlated with how hard you want to work. In one year I went from an hourly associate to an assistant store manager of the highest volume store in this market. I don’t think I would have had the opportunity to do this anywhere else.”
Today, Walmart announced it achieved the hiring goal with more than 265,000 veteran associate hires, including more than 8,000 in Ohio.
“We’re proud of our ability to present opportunities to the talented service members who’ve honorably served our country,” said Brynt Parmeter, senior director for Walmart Military Programs.
“This is such an important time for us. Our company is committed to building relationships across this community to advance and improve both economic opportunity and overall well-being.
“As we look ahead, we will find new ways to help veterans and military spouses find meaningful futures through employment, entrepreneurship, learning, and health and wellness initiatives,” he added.
First announced on Memorial Day 2013, the VWHC’s initial goal was hiring 100,000 veterans by the end of 2018. Two years later, the company expanded that goal to 250,000 by the end of 2020.
On Veterans Day 2018, recognizing the need to broaden employment opportunities for military families, Walmart introduced the Military Spouses Career Connection. To date, the company has hired more than 31,000 associates and continues offering any military spouse hiring preference when applying for a job.
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have a long history of supporting veterans, service members and their families. Since 2011, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have invested more than $40 million in programs that support job training, education, and innovative public/private community-based initiatives for veterans and military families.
For more information about Walmart’s commitment to veterans, service members and military families, please visit: http://www.walmartcareerswithamission.com/ or http://corporate.walmart.com/global-responsibility/veterans-military-families/ and follow Walmart on Twitter @WalmartToday and @WalmartOrg.