Walmart, Corporate Citizen
Recognizing outstanding achievement and excellence in providing opportunities and services to veterans by a company or organization
Walmart has a rich history with veterans, those continuing to serve, and military families. Arguably, it begins with Captain, U.S. Army, Sam Walton, who founded Walmart over 50 years ago. Through the years, the legacy has been enriched by countless others and the more than 100,000 veteran associates and 150,000 veteran family and military family associates who are part of the current generation of Walmart.
Launched on May 27, 2013, the Welcome Home Commitment offers veterans who have separated from active duty within the last 12 months priority access to open jobs throughout the United States. Through the Welcome Home Commitment, Walmart pledged to hire more than 100,000 veterans by 2018. Since beginning the commitment, Walmart hashired over 60,000 new veteran associates, and thousands have been promoted to roles of greater responsibility since joining the Walmart team.
In addition to employment, Walmart also strives to understand and address some of the unmet and under-met needs faced by veterans and military families. In 2011, the Walmart Foundation pledged $20 million through 2015 to help veterans and their families get through those challenges with assistance from programs that provide job training, transition support and education. After completing this commitment a year early, The Walmart Foundation announced a renewed commitment to veterans by pledging an additional $20 million through 2019 to support veteran employment and transition programs. Additionally, Walmart’s 2014 Holiday Giving includes grants to support military families in need with holiday meals.