If you’re a military veteran and you need a job- well, the
nation’s largest retailer announced Tuesday, it might have a spot opened for
WNYW (www.myfoxny.com) : “Walmart is offering to
hire more than 100.000 veterans in the next five years. By employing those who
served our country at a time when they are in need of work.
The program is set
to launch on Memorial Day. But there are stipulations – veterans must have left
active duty within the past 12 months and
not have been dishonorably discharged.
President and CEO
of Walmart U.S, Bill Simon – who is a veteran himself, said this about new
program: “Veterans have a record of performance under pressure, they are quick
learners, and they are team players. These are leaders with discipline,
training and a passion for service. There is a seriousness and a sense of
purpose that the military instills, and we need it today more than ever ’’
Simon did note that
not every veteran wants to work in retail, but those who do- have a place to
And as CNN’s note – the new job openings come at a time when many veterans
have been struggling to find jobs after leaving the military. CNN : “ Veterans
of the most recent wars, the so called Gulf Era two wars in Iraq and
Afghanistan. The unemployment in that group was above 13.00 percent a year ago.
And about 225.000 remained unemployed”.
And as Yahoo!
News reports First Lady Michelle Obama commented Walmart for its support of
veterans. “This is exactly the kind of act we hope would be possible…Today, my
challenge is simple : for every business in America to follow Walmart’s lead”.
voices raised concerns. As The Guardian’s note : “Walmart employs more than 1.3
million people in the United States but many experts say that it pays low
wages, often employs people for too few hours to qualify for meaningful health
benefits and is hostile to any form of union organization among its staff”.
Therefore, a PR campaign should be done by Walmart to explain about the
veterans’ rights as the company’s employees.
Most of the
available jobs will be in Walmart’s stores or its Sam’s club location. Some
will also be available in the company’s distribution centers.
This act of Walmart
may reduce the unemployment rate in America and contribute a lot to the
country’s economy, especially when the world’s economic crisis is getting worse
and worse nowadays.