Walmart: We'll Hire Every Veteran Looking for Work
Company to announce ambitious hiring plan today
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 15, 2013 7:28 AM CST
In this Monday, Feb. 16, 2009 file photo Walmart employee Sean Blais moves shopping carts in the parking lot of the Walmart store in Weymouth, Mass.   (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

(Newser) – Walmart is set to make a pretty bold hiring announcement today: It plans to employ every veteran looking for work. The statement does, however, come with an asterisk—veterans must have left the military within the past 12 months and not have been dishonorably discharged. Still, the five-year plan, which officially kicks off on Memorial Day, should see 100,000 former members of the armed services hired, reports the New York Times.

That could make a dent in an unemployment rate among vets that has been stuck well above the national average; for 2012, it hovered just below 10%. Veterans-champion Michelle Obama praised this "historic" move, saying, "Walmart is setting a groundbreaking example for the private sector to follow."

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Jan 16, 2013 5:23 AM CST
I know that people aren't going to like my comments. 1. Whatever happened to the promise that your old employer had to retain a position for you after you completed your service? 2. I know Wal-Mart doesn't pay the best, but they don't pay the worst either. My sister-in-law has worked for Wal-Mart for over twenty years, as a full-timer, and she does have medical and all the other benifits that I have with my employment. She is also part of the Wal-Mart profit sharing plan along with her 401k and probley has over 300 thousand in profit sharing alone towards retirement. 3. As with any company that hires "part-timers' they are not required to offier benifits. However, Wal-Mart does and just as with any company you have to pay more for these than a "full-time" employee. 4. You can check for yourself by going to and click on benifits.
Jan 15, 2013 11:47 PM CST
And I'm sure Walmart is doing this just to show support for our brave returning troops. The up-to-$9,600-per-veteran tax credit has nothing at all to do with it:
Jan 15, 2013 4:05 PM CST
...and the usual WalMart haters are crawling out from the woodwork...... No good deed goes unpunished.