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Walmart closing in on goal of hiring 250K vets

August 30, 2018 / Riia O'Donnell

Walmart has hired more than 200,000 military veterans since the launch of its Veterans Welcome Home Commitment in 2013, the company announced last week. The program guarantees a job offer to any eligible, honorably discharged U.S. veteran separated from service since it was announced on Memorial Day 2013. Of those hired so far, more than 30,000 have been promoted to roles with more responsibility and pay, Walmart said. The company also has adjusted it goal and standards since the program's launch. Originally, it planned to hire 100,000 veterans in five years, but later updated its commitment, announcing plans to hire 250,000 by 2020. The company also removed its eligibility requirement that required vets to have served at least 12 months. Through other programs, Walmart said it aims to assist those currently serving and military spouses. Its Military Family Promise guarantees a job at a nearby store or club for all military personnel and military spouses employed by the company who...