Walmart announced today that it is creating even more job opportunities for transitioning US veterans in New Jersey, by guaranteeing a job offer to any eligible US veteran honorably discharged from active duty since the original launch of the Veterans Welcome Home Commitment on Memorial Day 2013. The previous commitment was for veterans within 12 months off active duty.
Since Memorial Day 2013, Walmart has hired more than 900 veterans across New Jersey. In addition to the Veterans Welcome Home Commitment, Walmart is expanding its 2013 projection of hiring 100,000 veterans nationwide by 2018, increasing the projection to 250,000 veterans by the end of 2020.*
“Walmart not only respects the contribution of veterans, but helps create an environment in which we can thrive,” said Jersey City resident and US Army veteran Takyla Stone, an assistant manager at the North Bergen Walmart who was hired in February. “The opportunities at Walmart are matched only by the company’s commitment to associate development and its unwavering dedication to serving others — core beliefs veterans understand well.”
Teterboro Walmart Customer Service Manger Michelle Kressler, of Verona — who was hired in February, following her service in the US Marine Corps — added: “Walmart not only provides opportunities for veterans, but also values our military training and the positive impact we have on fellow associates and customers.”
Walmart has welcomed veterans into every aspect of its 69 facilities in New Jersey, from Supercenters and Neighborhood Markets to distribution centers and Sam’s Club locations. The flexibility and scheduling opportunities the retailer offers makes it possible for transitioning service members to make their own path, whether that is pursuing educational goals or finding a meaningful new career path.
“We’ve experienced a tremendous response in New Jersey to the Veterans Welcome Home Commitment, and as more service members transition out of active duty, we know we can do more.” said retired Brigadier General Gary Profit, Walmart’s senior director of military programs. “We believe veterans represent the largest, diverse, talent-rich pool in the world and are an essential segment of the next generation at Walmart.”
Walmart’s support for transitioning military veterans and their families extends into programs that provide training, education and economic opportunity.
In 2014, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation committed to veterans by pledging $20 million through 2019 to support veteran employment and transition programs. This pledge was made after Walmart and the Walmart Foundation successfully reached a 2011 commitment of $20 million by 2015 to help veterans and their families get through those challenges with assistance from programs that provide job training, transition support and education.