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    Wal-Mart Plans to Hire Any Veteran Who Wants a Job

    Wal-Mart, the nation?s largest retailer, will announce Tuesday a plan to hire every veteran who wants a job, provided that the veterans have left the military in the previous year and did not receive a dishonorable discharge.
    Company officials said they believe the program, which will officially begin on Memorial Day ? May 27 this year ? will lead to the hiring of more than 100,000 people in the next five years, the length of the commitment.
    ?Let?s be clear: Hiring a veteran can be one of the best decisions any of us can make,? Mr. Simon will say in his keynote speech to the National Retail Federation, according to prepared text. ?These are leaders with discipline, training and a passion for service.?
    In a statement, the first lady, Michelle Obama, who has led a campaign by the White House to encourage businesses to hire veterans, called the Wal-Mart plan ?historic,? adding that she planned to urge other corporations to follow suit.
    ?We all believe that no one who serves our country should have to fight for a job once they return home,? Mrs. Obama said in the statement. ?Wal-Mart is setting a groundbreaking example for the private sector to follow.?
    The unemployment rate for veterans of the recent wars has remained stubbornly above that for nonveterans, though it has been falling steadily, dropping to just below 10 percent for all of 2012. That was down from 12.1 percent the year before. The year-end unemployment rate for nonveterans was 7.9 percent in 2012.
    Reducing the veteran unemployment rate was among the few veterans? issues discussed by the presidential candidates last year. It has also been central to the work of Mrs. Obama?s campaign to assist veterans and military families, Joining Forces. Last August, her office said that private companies working with Joining Forces had hired or trained 125,000 veterans or their spouses in a single year, surpassing the group?s goal of 100,000 a full year early.
    Wal-Mart?s foundation has consistently been among the most generous contributors to veterans? charities, committing to donate $20 million to veterans? causes by 2015. ?I take this one personally,? Mr. Simon, a Navy veteran, says in his prepared text.
    But the company has also been aggressive about hiring veterans because it views them as good employees, said Nelson Lichtenstein, a labor historian at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the author of the book ?The Retail Revolution: How Wal-Mart Created a Brave New World of Business.?
    About 100,000 of the company?s 1.4 million employees in the United States are veterans, company officials said.
    ?They like military people because they have a sense of hierarchy and a commitment to the organization they are in,? said Professor Lichtenstein, who has been a critic of Wal-Mart?s management practices. ?And that?s important to Wal-Mart.? In recent years, Wal-Mart has been the target of lawsuits by women, accusing the company of discrimination in salaries and promotions.
    Gary Profit, a retired Army brigadier general who is senior director of military programs at Wal-Mart, said the company might not be able to guarantee that every veteran who wants a full-time job will be able to get one. But he said that because of the size of Wal-Mart?s retail operation and supply chain, it is almost certain that the company could find a job ? even a part-time one ? close to any veteran who wanted one.
    ?If you?re a veteran and you want a job in the retail industry, you have a place at Wal-Mart,? he said.
    This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:
    Correction: January 14, 2013

    An earlier version of this article misstated the position of William S. Simon. He is the president and chief executive of Wal-Mart U.S. He does not fill that role for Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

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    Reading the comments there are a TON of very negative comments about this "generous" move. A lot of them focused on the fact that

    A. Walmart would not have to give these Vets health benefits (since they are Vets they would already have it) so this move benefits Walmart.
    B. Walmart is a reason many Vets are coming home to no jobs in their small town in the first place
    C. Working at Walmart hardly provides a "living wage"

    What do you think? Do you think that this is a way to give Vets who are having a hard time finding work a job? Is any job always, by default, better than no job at all? Is this move truly generous, or simply another way for Walmart to take advantage of more people to their own benefit?

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    The "C" is the big one for me. We are bringing vets home who deserve more.
    It's great to offer them a job. It's sad to think of many vets living in poverty because of their wages.
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    Very interesting. I'm pretty anti-walmart. I don't shop there. But this doesn't strike me as something horrid, aside from the fact that I would not choose to work at Walmart if i didn't have to. They have been questionable in their employee treatment in the past so that is a general negative to me. But there isn't anything about choosing to offer veterans specifically a job that bothers me I guess.

    I mean i'm sure i could twist my walmart hatred in some fashion or another to fit this scenario and find ways to scorn them for it...but i guess i don't see the need to.

    I think i would need to see how it plays out.

    ETA: In regards to the points generally made in the comments i would say the following:

    A)True that Walmart benefits from not having to provide health benefits, however this is a matter of a situation and true of any employee willing to hire a vet. Seems silly to hold that against them...or too easy to hold against them just because we can.

    B)I do agree with B, however that is just a problem with walmart, and really has nothing to do with who they offer jobs too.

    C)Same as B. I criticize Walmart all the time for how they treat their employees and how they have bullied low prices out of companies forcing them to leave the US. But neither of those have anything to do with the veterans.


    Walmart does a lot wrong...doesn't mean everything they do is wrong.
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    I think it is wonderful to offer the jobs. If people want Walmart and other businesses to pay a living wage they need to go through the legal process and raise the minimum wage. In my opinion it would just inflate the dollar though.

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    It think it is wonderful too, just because something is good for me, doesn't mean it isn't also good for you. And I say some job is better than no job. I do think that benefits ie food stamps etc, should be reexamined and so that those with part time jobs would benefit by keeping them . And also those with injuries whether vet or not get help so they can then get back into the workforce. We are having trouble over here in Oregon, I see lots without the ability to work that would easily be rectified if they got XYZ surgery but can't get on Oregon Health Plan. And then I see tons more that don't want to work and get full healthcare it is a bit messed up, not sure how to fix it really so those that really need it and are doing their best get the benefits, and those that are leeching the system are forced into the job market.
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    I am very happy with Walmart right now because they hired my son who is an amputee who has been looking for a job for over a year and no one would hire him because of his disability. Walmart not only hired him but have gone out of their way to accomodate him.

    My niece worked for them as a store manager and retired after 20 years. She has nothing but good to say about the company and saw no gender bias.

    I say good for Walmart, it is silly to say that they are doing it because vets have benefits because most people who have only been in for a few years and get out don't get health benefits.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GloriaInTX View Post
    I am very happy with Walmart right now because they hired my son who is an amputee who has been looking for a job for over a year and no one would hire him because of his disability. Walmart not only hired him but have gone out of their way to accomodate him.

    My niece worked for them as a store manager and retired after 20 years. She has nothing but good to say about the company and saw no gender bias.

    I say good for Walmart, it is silly to say that they are doing it because vets have benefits because most people who have only been in for a few years and get out don't get health benefits.
    If that is true I am surprised he didn't pursue it.

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    I pretty much agree with everything Kim said. My only concern would be that a given store might now get a lot of unemployed vets in that area who want a job, and then they end up laying off other workers who didn't do anything wrong except not be a vet. That wouldn't be right, but it wouldn't be the first wrong thing Walmart would have done, and won't be the last. This is nothing more than a publicity stunt IMHO; they could have put the program into place without making a national announcement about it, put up signs in the stores & send a memo to the VA.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ethanwinfield View Post
    If that is true I am surprised he didn't pursue it.
    Exactly how would you prove that they didn't hire him for other reasons? It's not like he is a skilled worker or anything, he is a college student with little experience.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GloriaInTX View Post
    I am very happy with Walmart right now because they hired my son who is an amputee who has been looking for a job for over a year and no one would hire him because of his disability.
    That's illegal. He should consult an attorney.
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