For weeks now, we have been reporting on the mysterious closings of five Walmarts across the country.
2,200 Walmart employees at five stores in different cities were laid off last Tuesday and given just a few hours notice. Walmart claimed that the stores had to be closed due to plumbing issues, but many have questioned this explanation since all the stores were located in different parts of the country.
Now, however, Walmart has made an announcement that may help rebuild their reputation among the American people. The superstore recently announced their Veterans Welcome Home Commitment program, which hopes to hire 250,000 honorably discharged veterans to Walmart by 2020.
When the program launched in 2013, they hoped to hire 100,000 veterans by 2018. However, the response was so positive that they’ve hired 92,000 veterans already, so they went back and redid their goals and timeline.
There’s no funny business about this program: it actually guarantees employment to any veteran who has been honorably discharged.
“We’ve experienced a tremendous response to the Veterans Welcome Home Commitment in our first two years, and as more service members transition out of active duty, we know we can do more,” said retired Brig. Gen. Gary Profit, Walmart’s senior director of military programs.
“I think it’s something that holds value and I think that veterans have something to offer the civilian working world,” explained Nate Watts, a retired marine and current Walmart employee. “And I really appreciated Walmart for looking into that.”
Walmart has had a lot of negative press lately, but we can’t help but love them for this. In Obama’s super liberal nation, it’s rare that a huge company like Walmart has the guts to do something to publicly honor veterans. Keep up the good work, guys!