During the annual Veterans Day celebration at its Home Office today, Walmart announced it has hired more than 243,000 veterans nationwide since launching the Veterans Welcome Home Commitment in 2013. The Company also reported more than 39,000 veteran associates have earned promotions since joining the Walmart and Sam’s Club teams.
In Florida, Walmart has hired more than 15,000 veterans since the Commitment was made six years ago.
“The transition back into civilian life can be difficult for many service members,” said Walmart Associate Darryl Felton, who works at the Walmart in Tallahassee on Thomasville Road. “But working at Walmart makes all the difference in the world, and has made all the difference for me personally. It gave me a sense of belonging.”
Felton served in the U.S. Army in the 1970s. An associate at Walmart for five years now, he shares his background serving his country and working at Walmart with other associates. He also is proud to share his passion for life with customers, even singing to bring a smile to their faces.
“Our veterans are such valuable members of our team, and we’re proud to continue working toward the commitment to hire 250,000 by 2020,” said Marvin Balduff, a Regional General Manager for Walmart in North Florida. “These brave service members have done so much for this country, and we’re proud to offer them a job on our team.”
On Memorial Day 2013, Walmart introduced the Veterans Welcome Home Commitment with an initial goal of hiring 100,000 veterans. Two years later, the company expanded the original projection with the goal of hiring 250,000 veterans by the end of 2020 and remains ahead of schedule to meet that goal.
“It’s our honor to support veterans and military families,” said Retired Brig. Gen. Gary Profit, Walmart senior director of military programs. “These men and women are assets to our workforce, bringing the type of experience and work ethic we value here at Walmart. We’re proud to continue providing quality career opportunities when they return home.”
Walmart recognized veterans, their spouses and families across the country with dozens of in-store ceremonies and events. Nationally, Walmart associates and local stores shared Facebook “thank you” messages to veterans and their families.
More Than 14,000 Military Spouses Hired Nationally in First Year
On Veterans Day 2018, Walmart announced an additional focus related to its commitment to veterans and their families with the Military Spouse Career Connection (MSCC). Through the MSCC, Walmart provides hiring preference to military spouses, becoming the largest U.S. company to make such a commitment, and offers a program complementing its pledge to hiring returning veterans.
The first military spouse associates were officially hired within weeks of the company committing to MSCC, and since that time, Walmart has hired more than 14,000 nationally.
“This company has a long history of supporting members of the military and their families,” said Walmart U.S. CEO John Furner. “Last year, we decided to address the high unemployment rate among military spouses, by launching the Military Spouse Career Connection. Military spouses are capable and qualified for a variety of jobs offered by Walmart and Sam’s Club, and we wanted many more of them to join our family.”
According to the Department of Defense (DoD) Military Spouse Employment Partnership, 77 percent of military spouses want or need work, yet they face barriers to finding and maintaining employment due to the frequent relocation of their active duty spouses.
The DoD Military Spouse Employment Partnership also reports that more than 36 percent of military spouses relocated within the last 12 months, and this more than doubled their odds for being unemployed.
For more information about Walmart’s Veterans Welcome Home Commitment and the Military Spouse Career Connection, visit walmartcareerswithamission.com.
These projections and reported hires/promotions include veterans hired under Walmart’s original and expanded Veterans Welcome Home Commitment as well as other veterans hired by Walmart in this time frame. While Walmart thinks it is particularly important to support veterans as they make the transition to civilian life, Walmart believes all of them deserve respect and support, no matter when they left active duty.
About Walmart in Florida
Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online and through their mobile devices. In Florida, we serve customers at 383 retail units and online through Walmart Online Grocery, Walmart.com and our family of brands. We are proud to employ 105,951 associates in Florida. Walmart supports local businesses, spending $8 billion with Florida suppliers in FYE19 and supporting 116,428 Florida supplier jobs. Walmart continues to be a leader in employment opportunity, sustainability, and corporate philanthropy. In FYE19, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation contributed more than $81.8 million in cash and in-kind donations to local nonprofits in Florida and our Florida associates volunteered more than 53,900 hours with local causes. Learn more at corporate.walmart.com, and on our Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram channels.
Christina Morton, APR
On Behalf of Walmart