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 — Launched in 2012 with a $1 million grant from the Walmart Foundation, and a subsequent $5 million grant in 2013, Operation: GoodJobs (OGJ) has helped thousands of veterans and military spouses with job training and placement services. With an additional $5 million grant awarded in 2017, the Walmart Foundation is funding the next iteration of OGJ programming which places a special emphasis on resources and job training for female veterans.
Our partners in support
Women Veterans Network (WoVeN)
The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, Inc.
This five-year study will assess the well-being of 9,500 veterans 0-90 days post 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.