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Walmart to hire 100,000 veterans over next five years

RBR Staff Writer Published 28 May 2013

American retail major Walmart plans to hire 100,000 veterans over the next five years under the Veterans Welcome Home Commitment initiative.

The retailer intends to offer a job to any discharged veteran within his or her first 12 months off active duty.

Walmart US president and CEO and US Navy Veteran Bill Simon said hiring a veteran can be one of the best business decisions.

"We believe Walmart is already the largest private employer of veterans in the country, and we want to hire more," Simon added.

"Veterans have a record of performance under pressure. They're quick learners and team players and are leaders with discipline, training and a passion for service."

The American retail major earlier had also challenged companies to hire 100,000 veterans and their spouses by the end of 2013.

"Every company in America has benefited from the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform," said Simon.

"The biggest issue facing our veterans today is jobs. Sadly, too many of those who fought for us abroad now find themselves fighting for jobs at home," Simon concluded.

Walmart operates more than 10,800 stores under 69 banners in 27 countries and e-Commerce websites in 10 countries.