Veterans Hiring Commitment
On Memorial Day 2013, Walmart introduced our Veterans Welcome Home Commitment, which guaranteed a job offer to any eligible, honorably discharged U.S. veteran who was within 12 months of active duty. Our initial goal was to hire 100,000 veterans by the end of 2018.
- In May 2015, we announced the expansion of our original projection with a new goal of hiring 250,000 veterans by the end of 2020. We also changed the eligibility from within 12 months of active duty to any veteran honorably discharged since we announced the commitment in 2013.
- Since Memorial Day 2013, Walmart has offered jobs to 162,170 veterans, and 20,937 have been promoted to roles of greater responsibility. 1
Whether through career fairs, recognition campaigns, or entrepreneurial support, Walmart seeks to demonstrate the value veterans bring to the workforce and to our communities.
- Hiring Our Heroes —Walmart participates in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring Our Heroes program. Walmart, Sam’s Club and other employers have recruited tens of thousands of veterans through hundreds of Hiring Our Heroes’ career fairs.
- Greenlight A Vet — In 2016, Walmart celebrated the second year of Greenlight A Vet, a campaign that seeks to establish visible national support for our veterans by changing one light to green.
- Coalition for Veteran Owned Business — As a founding member of the Coalition for Veteran Owned Business, Walmart is committed to help the organization grow and support veteran owned businesses in communities throughout the U.S. The Coalition provides economic opportunity to veterans, their families and the communities in which they live by offering leadership and a national platform to support military spouse and veteran-owned businesses, entrepreneurs and suppliers.
Military Family Promise
Walmart’s Military Family Promise guarantees a job at a nearby store or club for all military personnel and military spouses employed by Walmart and Sam’s Club who move to a different part of the country because they or their spouse have been transferred by the United States military. The promise also ensures associates called away to active duty will be paid any difference in their salary if the associate is earning less money during their military assignment.
Education, Job Training and Reintegration Assistance
In 2011, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation recognized that opportunity sometimes isn’t the only challenge facing transitioning military families, and, therefore, committed $20 million by 2015 to support veterans and their families with assistance for programs that provide job training, transition help and education. With the early completion of the commitment in May of 2014, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation renewed the commitment, announcing an additional $20 million through 2019 to support job training, education and innovative public/private community-based initiatives that address challenges many veterans face when returning to civilian life.
The following are a few of the programs supported with the $40 million commitment from Walmart and the
Boston University School of Medicine —Through the Women Veterans Network (WoVeN), BU clinicians and researchers will lead a 5-year initiative to establish a nationwide network of structured, trained peer- facilitated, 10-week support groups for female veterans to enhance wellness, quality of life, family relationships and referrals for additional services.
- In 2017, the Walmart Foundation awarded a $469k grant to Boston University to support the establishment of the WoVeN initiative which, when completed, will have served ~2,500 female veterans.
The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, Inc. — Center for Public- Private Partnerships (CP3): In 2015, the Walmart Foundation awarded a $500k grant to support The Veterans Metrics Initiative (TVMI): Linking Program Components to Post-Military Well-Being study.
- This five-year study will assess the well-being of 7,500 veterans 90 days prior to separation from military service to within three years thereafter, and document and analyze the components of the transition and reintegration programs the veterans report that they use.
Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University — IVMF launched the AmericaServes initiative in 2013 to streamline and digitally connect veteran services available in communities and create the nation’s first coordinated system of public, private and non-profit organizations.
- Building off of a $1 million Walmart Foundation grant awarded in 2015, the Foundation granted an additional $5 million to support the ongoing implementation of existing AmericaServes communities
and seed planning investments in New York, the Carolina’s and Texas.
Mission Edge San Diego Zero8Hundred (z8h) — z8h connects transitioning military families to a broad range of resources in the community, helping them successfully transition to civilian life.
- In 2016, the Foundation awarded $250k to support the expansion and enhancement of z8h programs over a two year period, allowing the organization to meet increased demand for services.
Additional Veteran and Military Family Service Organizations funded through the $40 million veteran commitment:
- Blue Star Families — bridges the gap between military family communities and the general public through partnerships that provide free resources, services and opportunities to military families.
- Goodwill Industries International — provides job training and workforce development for veterans through Operation: GoodJobs.
- Swords to Plowshares — offers needs assessment and case management, employment training, housing and legal assistance to veterans in the San Francisco Bay area.
- American GI Forum National Veterans Outreach Program, Inc. (NVOP) — provides veteran outreach focused on female veterans, military spouses, and underemployed or unemployed veterans.
- Hire Heroes USA — highly-trained Veteran Transition Specialist offer personalized career coaching to U.S. military members, veterans, and spouses.