TribLIVE

| News

 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Wal-Mart pledges to hire 100,000-plus veterans

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.
By The Associated Press
Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, 7:50 a.m.
 

NEW YORK — Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's largest retailer and the nation's largest private employer, is making a pledge to hire every veteran who wants a job.

The plan is set to be announced as part of an address delivered in New York on Tuesday at the annual retail industry convention by Bill Simon, president and CEO of Wal-Mart's namesake U.S. business.

Wal-Mart, based in Bentonville, Ark., says it projects it will hire more than 100,000 veterans in the next five years. Honorably discharged veterans will have a “place to go”, says Wal-Mart's Simon, according to prepared text supplied by the discounter. The hiring pledge, which will begin on Memorial Day, covers veterans within 12 months of leaving active duty. Most of the jobs will be in Wal-Mart's stores or its Sam's club locations. Some will be in the company's distribution centers.

“Let's be clear; hiring a veteran can be one of the best decisions any of us can make,” Simon plans to say in his address to retailers gathered on the third day of the four-day National Retail Federation convention. “Veterans have a record of performance under pressure. They're quick learners, and they're team players. These are leaders with discipline, training, and a passion for service. There is a seriousness and sense of purpose that the military instills, and we need it today more than ever.”

Wal-Mart says it believes it is already the large private employer of veterans in the country.

The company says that it has spoken to the White House about its commitment, and said the First Lady Michelle Obama's team has already expressed an interest in working with Wal-Mart and with the rest of the business community.

In the next several weeks, the White House will convene the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Defense and major U.S. employers to encourage businesses to make significant commitments to train and employ American's returning veterans, according to Simon's prepared text.

Wal-Mart which also operates Sam's Clubs, employs more than 1.4 million workers in the U.S.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. Wilmerding targeted for mobile farmers market
  2. Steelers trying to get missing defensive pieces on field
  3. In reworking contract, Steelers WR Brown gets hefty pay raise
  4. Cole struggles as Brewers continue Miller mastery over Pirates
  5. Steelers running back eager to prove he can help bridge gap to Bell
  6. Pirates notebook: 6 September call-ups include first-timer Diaz
  7. Western Pa. played role, was transformed by victory in World War II
  8. Steelers’ Tomlin disappointed by Bryant suspension
  9. No bitter brew for Mercer over reduced playing time after injury
  10. Steelers notebook: New kicker Scobee relishes opportunity
  11. Allegheny County CYF worker arrest on child pornography charges