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Walmart to hire 100,000 veterans over next five years

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Walmart will offer a job to any honorably discharged veteran in his or her first 12 months off active duty, announced Walmart U.S. president and CEO Bill Simon.

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The company will start to offer jobs to veterans from the Memorial Day and most of these jobs will be in Walmart stores and clubs, and some will be in distribution centers and the Home Office.

"Hiring a veteran can be one of the best business decisions you make. Veterans have a record of performance under pressure. They're quick learners and team players. They are leaders with discipline, training, and a passion for service. There is a seriousness and sense of purpose that the military instills, and we need it today more than ever," said Mr. Simon.

Walmart's pledge is not the end of this effort; it's the beginning. The company projects it will hire more than 100,000 veterans during the next five years. Walmart has spoken with the White House about this commitment. In the next several weeks, the White House will convene the Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense, and major American employers to encourage businesses to make significant commitments to train and employ America's returning heroes.

On domestic sourcing, Walmart and Sam's Club will buy an additional $50 billion in U.S. products over the next 10 years. The company will grow U.S. manufacturing by increasing what it already buys in the U.S and by helping to onshore U.S. production in high potential areas like textiles, furniture and higher-end appliances.

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