Wal-Mart Plans to Hire Over 100,000 Veterans in the Next 5 years.

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Wal-Mart has released a plan to hire any Veteran who has been "honorably discharged veteran within his or her first twelve months off active duty. "

"Wal-Mart said in a statement that it had spoken with the White House about the hiring commitment and First Lady Michelle Obama's team had expressed an interest in working with the retailer."

"As our wars come to an end and our troops continue to come home, it's more important than ever that all of us - not just government, but our businesses and non-profits as well - do our part to serve those who have served us so bravely," Michelle Obama said in the Wal-Mart statement.

The retailer will start issuing job offers to veterans from Memorial Day in May.

LokaFreeThings2 posted Jan 15, 2013
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gangstabarbie
What makes Walmart think veterans would waNt to work for $7 per hr ? When they were getting paid so much more?
gangstabarbie (rep: 9.68k) posted Jan 15, 2013
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LokaFreeThings2
I had this thought but wanted to remain objective to hear some other perspectives. Walmart requiring the Veterans to have just been released from active duty in the past 12 months .. that's the ridiculous part. I could have been more supportive if they would have allowed this to any/all Veterans.
LokaFreeThings2 (rep: 2.96k) posted Jan 15, 2013
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bbattag
@gangstabarbie - I'm guessing these are for more advanced roles than just min wage jobs. Management and similar jobs at Walmart don't pay bad at all. Store managers make $100k+

@LokaFreeThings2- I believe they are focusing on most recent veterans, but that doesn't mean they won't consider hiring all veterans.

Personally, I have a positive look on this. Walmart may have a bad rap, but they are actually doing something about a problem many other stores are doing nothing about. How many other stores are committing to hiring ____ veterans over 5 years? Hopefully more will follow.
bbattag (rep: 6.77k) posted Jan 15, 2013
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MdavidK30
I agree with gangstabarbie and lokafreethings.

This is just a way for Michelle to look like she's doing something for our country. In other words, it's BS.

There are many veterans who are homeless that have been home for quite some time now- why not work on getting them jobs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
MdavidK30 (rep: 3.56k) posted Jan 15, 2013
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LokaFreeThings2
@bbattag Hmmm I like your point-of-view on this. It is a possibility they could attract and hire veterans who aren't only recently discharged. I like your idea that others' may join in and it is something rather than nothing. Thank you for providing another viewpoint on this. I really enjoy listening to different perspectives on situations:)
LokaFreeThings2 (rep: 2.96k) posted Jan 15, 2013
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LokaFreeThings2
@MdavidK30 Well...I do actually like Michelle Obama and she is really doing things for our country. One of the things I like about her is her involvement in fighting child obesity by visiting schools trying to change their menus to healthy foods and the get kids moving campaign she started. I'm not sure about other areas of her life but I do appreciate this work she does.

That being said, I do agree with you on providing jobs for the veterans who have been home and/or are homeless. More should be done about finding people jobs. It's a very big problem that I, unfortunately, suffer from too:/
LokaFreeThings2 (rep: 2.96k) posted Jan 15, 2013
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krmills1
I think most veterns will probably use there GI bill when they get out of service and go to college, or at least I would hope thats what they would do. I worked for SAMS Club for 20 years and finally had to get another job, they were going down hill at a very fast pace and I just couldn't stand working there any more!!
krmills1 (rep: 14.2k) posted Jan 15, 2013
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lilywow
I say go walmart!!! It's nice to see companies doing good for Veterans.
lilywow (rep: 8.33k) posted Jan 15, 2013
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firelizard
this is a great idea, though these veterans are old,but they experienced a lot,and know much
firelizard (rep: 2.6k) posted Jan 16, 2013
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firelizard (rep: 2.6k) posted Jan 16, 2013
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additc
this might be better than the current hoard of employees they have.
additc (rep: 1.77k) posted Jan 17, 2013
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WideAnglePhoto
I personally appreciate Walmart. They are not perfect, as no large corporation is, but they do love this country and are trying to be proactive about providing jobs for veterans. I have to support that!
WideAnglePhoto (rep: 31.3k) posted Feb 04, 2013
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