At Walmart, we are grateful for the sacrifice our nation’s veterans, military men and women and their families have made in service to our country. It is our duty and our honor to support our military not only when they are in uniform, but also when they transition to civilian life. We are committed to helping them as they face this important period through job opportunities as well as support for programs that provide job training, reintegration support and education.
In 2011, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation recognized that opportunity sometimes isn’t the only challenge facing transitioning military families. Therefore, the company 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 most recent programs supported with the $40 million commitment from Walmart and the Walmart Foundation:
• Blue Star Families — With a mission to strengthen military families every day, Blue Star Families strive to better understand and provide solutions to the challenges facing today’s military families through career development, caregiving and leading research on military family life.
• Goodwill Industries International — Addressing the challenges of transitioning military members, Operation GoodJobs, funded by the Walmart Foundation, assists military and veteran families with job training and placement services by providing individualized, holistic plans that serve the needs of the whole family. The goal of Operation GoodJobs is to help transitioning veterans achieve job placement, retention and long-term financial stability.
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