Walmart hires 42,000 veterans nationwide

 

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Walmart said Friday that during the first year of its “Veterans Welcome Home Commitment,” it has hired 42,000 veterans nationwide. The total includes 2,631 in Florida, which ranks as the state with the second most hires, after Texas.

The commitment, launched last Memorial Day, guarantees a job offer to any honorably discharged veteran within his or her first 12 months off active duty, Walmart said. The retailer projects it will hire more than 100,000 veterans in five years.

In addition, Walmart also said it will hire 300 associates to work at its new store opening this fall in Miami’s Fontainebleau Park Plaza. A temporary hiring center has opened at 10901 SW. 24th St. Applications will be accepted 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Interested applicants may also apply online at http://careers.walmart.com.

The Walmart Foundation also announced it is doubling its commitment to veterans by pledging an additional $20 million through 2019 to support veteran employment and transition programs nationwide. In 2011, the Walmart Foundation pledged $20 million through 2015 to help veterans and their families, by supporting organizations that offer programs to provide job training, transition support and education. Walmart said it met that goal one year early.

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