Wal-Mart planning big push to hire veterans


by Claudia Coffey


Posted on January 15, 2013 at 7:22 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 15 at 7:41 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – The world’s biggest retailer announced Tuesday that it plans to hire 100,000 veterans over the next 5 years.

Wal-Mart’s CEO says this is one of the best decisions the retail giant can make.

As more and more troops return home, there is a push to make sure they have a job and Wal-Mart is making sure they have a place to go.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. plans to start its special hiring of veterans this Memorial Day.

Robin Jones is the State Women’s Veterans Coordinator and after she retired from the Navy, she was unemployed for 8 months.

“It’s a shocker, It’s a shocker. More so for women than men,” Jones said.

The hiring pledge covers veterans within 12 months of leaving active duty. Most jobs will be in Wal-Mart Stores or Sam’s Club locations.

Bill Simon, the president and CEO of Wal-Mart said it’s one of the best decisions a company could make.

“These are leaders with discipline, training and a passion for service. There is seriousness and a sense of purpose that the military instills, and we need it today more than ever, “Bill Simon said.

Jones hopes it encourages other companies to do the same.

"It's going to start a trend of these businesses. They are gonna come out and start hiring more veterans to see, whether they are the younger ones or the older ones, it's gonna help us," Jones said.
First Lady Michelle Obama is also supporting the campaign.

In the next several weeks White House officials will meet with the Department of Veterans Affairs to encourage more employers to do the same.