Wal-Mart plans to hire 100,000 veterans

Retail giant Wal-Mart has announced that over the next five years it projects hiring 100,000 honorably discharged vets who are in their first 12 months off active duty. NBC's Brian Williams reports.

Wal-Mart will hire every veteran who wants to trade their camo fatigues for khakis and dark-blue polos, the company announced Tuesday.

"Sadly, too many of those who fought for us abroad now find themselves fighting for jobs at home," Wal-Mart U.S. President and CEO Bill Simon said in a speech before the National Retail Federation. "Not every returning veteran wants to work in retail.  But every veteran who does will have a place to go. We project that Wal-Mart will hire more than 100,000 veterans over the next five years."

As of December 2012, the unemployment rate for veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars was 10.8 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The current national unemployment rate is 7.8 percent. By the end of 2012, there were 226,000 unemployed Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.

The announcement comes at a time when Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer and the nation's largest private employer, is trying to burnish its image. The company has been criticized over the years for offering low-paying jobs and its sourcing from Chinese manufacturers has been brought into question. Recently, allegations have been leveled that the company made bribes in Mexico to obtain building permits and there have been calls for improved supply chain oversight following the deadly fire at a Bangladesh factory that supplied clothes to several global retailers, including Wal-Mart.

The retailer's hiring program will be open to veterans honorably discharged within the past 12 months. "All types" of jobs will be available, spokesperson Brooke Buchanan told TODAY, from part time to full time and management. These positions will be in stores, regional distribution centers, and the headquarters in Bentonville, Ark. Salary will depend on position. Benefits are included for full-time jobs.

Openings will be be dependent on each facilities' staffing needs, the company said. No new positions will be created. Employee transfers between facilities will not count as new hires towards the 100,000 projection. However, the company said, if someone leaves their job at Wal-Mart and then comes back to work for the retailer later, that will be considered a new hire.

Wal-Mart currently employs 1.4 million and "experiences significant turnover in associates each year," according to a March regulatory filing. Over 100,000 of those employees are veterans, according to the company, which declined to provide the number of currently available open positions.

Under employer tax incentives for hiring veterans extended as part of the fiscal cliff deal, Wal-Mart can get a tax credit of $2,400 for hiring veterans that have been searching for work for at least four weeks but less than six months. Veterans with service-related disabilities are worth even more, up to $9,600 per hire.

Several veterans groups greeted the announcement with gusto. Nonprofit veteran's advocacy group Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) founder and CEO Paul Rieckhoff told TODAY that "IAVA applauds Wal-Mart's leadership on veteran hiring... we need more employers to appreciate that these young men and women are not a charity, they are an investment. Wal-Mart's footprint is large enough that they can single-handedly impact that unemployment number, especially if they exceed their 100,000 jobs goal." On Jan. 9, the IAVA announced receiving a $50,000 grant from Wal-Mart to promote employment of veterans in New York state which the group said it will use to build an online job-search tool and fund a job fair for veterans.

An interesting wrinkle in the program is that job-seeking vets who meet the eligibility requirements will get "priority applicant status." If a job is between two equally qualified candidates, one a vet and one a civilian, the vet gets the job, Buchanan said.

In the same speech announcing the veteran's initiative, Wal-Mart's CEO also announced plans for Wal-Mart and Sam's club to buy an additional $50 billion in U.S.-made products over the next years. The approach is two-pronged. The retailer will increase purchases of categories that are already sourced in the U.S., like basic clothing, sporting goods, games, storage products and paper goods, and will encourage the development of U.S. production in furniture, textiles, and high-end appliances, said Simon.

The White House, which has made promoting the hiring of veterans by the private sector a priority, welcomed Wal-Mart's pledge to hire more veterans. 

"This is exactly the kind of act we hoped would be possible when we started Joining Forces — a concrete example of our nation's love and support that our troops, veterans, and their families can feel in their lives every day," said first lady Michelle Obama in a prepared statement. "So today, my challenge is simple: for every business in America to follow Wal-Mart's lead by finding innovative solutions that both make sense for their workplaces and make a difference for our veterans and their families."

In August 2011, President Barack Obama issued a challenge to employers to hire or train 100,000 veterans and military spouses by 2013, a torch that Mrs. Obama and Vice President Joe Biden have picked up as part of the Joining Forces initiative. At an event in August 2012, Mrs. Obama announced that more than 2,000 American companies had taken up the challenge, hiring 125,000 veterans and military spouses.

Veterans often face unique challenges re-entering civilian life. They may carry physical or mental disabilities, such as PTSD and traumatic brain injury. Wal-Mart told TODAY that veterans would have to pass the standard background and criminal record checks but would not be subjected to any additional psychological screening. A standard employee telephone helpline would be made available to employed veterans suffering from PTSD or any other disabilities, Wal-Mart said.

"Obviously this is a good move that an employer wants to hire veterans. Our concern is that the jobs might be low wage and not offer enough health benefits," said Paul Sullivan, a board member for D.C.-based veterans' rights group Veterans for Common Sense. "I am concerned this is a public relations exercise to make the company look good. Veterans need fair wages, union representation and a job that offers a career, not just a low-wage position."

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Good on them!

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#1 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 2:49 PM EST

The only thing I don't like about it: Why the 12 month time limit? If a vet is out of a job, does it matter if it is in the last 12 months, or from 5 years ago, or even 20?

No matter how you slice it, you would still be helping an out of work vet.

  • 32 votes
#1.1 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 2:56 PM EST

It's the first good thing I can say about Walmart. If a sleazy company like them can do it, WTF is wrong with the rest of them? No one deserves a job more than those who risk their lives for the rest of us. No one.

  • 15 votes
#1.2 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 3:17 PM EST

Kevin: they want folks who will take a beating and keep on ticking. Folks who'll be glad to be a veteran and stocking shelves or operating a cash register. Believe it or not, there was a time in America when it was a starter job for kids, or a last chance for adults, not a goal for anyone to strive for, especially veterans. And it was not a headliner that it was great that a class of folks were going into or wanted to be retail store clerks. Not condeming it, but think of what we are telling the kids about career choices. Think about the billions we are spending on education, etc. These jobs are important to the people getting them, but as a commentary on America, the idea this is headline material is sad. IT's not your Dad's America.

  • 33 votes
#1.3 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 3:32 PM EST

Not to sound too cynical here, but they're probably hoping these vets are getting some sort of pension so they can afford to live on the crappy wages Walmart pays....

  • 55 votes
#1.4 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 3:39 PM EST

NO, not really.

The headline should read 'Wal Mart to put 10,000 veterans on public assistance.'

Because, you know, that's how it works there. Most of their employees are on it.

  • 42 votes
#1.5 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 3:45 PM EST

Since both these stores hire mostly part-time workers, it is important to know just what percentage of vets would be hired for full-time work, which is the only group which is entitled to benefits. Part-time work is compensated so poorly that workers need to get public benefits in order to survive. They can't even get a second part-time job because their work hours change from week to week so they cannot coordinate two independent part-time jobs. Not sure this will be beneficial to most veterans.

  • 26 votes
#1.6 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 3:47 PM EST

100,000 veterans making slightly more than minimum wage for less than 30 hours a week so the government will pay the healthcare. Walmart playing the good guy but costing them nothing. Around a $1000 a month with no benefits. I'm not impressed.

  • 39 votes
#1.7 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 4:11 PM EST

Can't believe you moaners and groaners!!!!!

NOBODY offered me a job when I returned from Vietnam or Desert Storm, especially any of YOU complainers and trolls. It took months and years to rebuild my civilian life.

I applaud Walmart for a least standing up, recognizing the Vet, and giving them preference over non-vets (something this country use to do without press releases). I don't normally shop at Walmart, but I will now!

Lets see if there are any other AMERICAN companies out there that will follow. Betcha the lefty companies won't, but no worries, we know who they are, and buycotts work for the right.

  • 15 votes
#1.8 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 4:14 PM EST

its not like good PR is all Walmart is getting for this. Hiring veterans is a huuuuuuuuge tax write-off.

More $$ in Walmart's pocketses!!

  • 22 votes
#1.9 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 4:17 PM EST

Glad to hear Wal-Mart is finally giving back to the country somewhat, too bad they don't really pay a livable wage, our vets deserve BETTER

  • 11 votes
#1.10 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 4:18 PM EST

@IReadyou, I have no illusions that these are super high-paying jobs, and as a vet, I can't say that I would want a job working in retail, but my point is why discriminate? A guy, who got out a few years ago, will still certainly fit the bill as well as someone out 12 months, or less.

It comes down to this: If ANY vets wants the job, they should get it. That is their choice to apply, or not.

  • 14 votes
#1.11 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 4:18 PM EST

way to go wally world! ill shop there more knowing that.

  • 5 votes
#1.12 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 4:18 PM EST

I agree it is a "nice gesture", but unless they seriously upgrade from MINIMUM wage, how are these vets supposed to survive? And what are they going to do for benefits?

  • 11 votes
#1.13 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 4:20 PM EST

Pocketses... Is that like Hobitses Precious?

  • 7 votes
#1.14 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 4:26 PM EST

they have their own health care from the va. so im guessing all the negative comments are from people who would rather sit at home and collect than work. im 60 and i would wash dishes if i had to. beats the hell out of being a system sucker!

  • 4 votes
#1.15 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 4:30 PM EST

I have been in the position of hiring and the " elephant in the room" that no one will talk about is ...the army brakes a person down ..and then builds them back up this creates a fantastic soldier but also makes a person with pore social skills ...at least they tend to seem strange to those who have not gone through the "reprogramming" process .... because of this they don't fit well as a front person dealing with the public. sorry if I step on any toes but it had to be said.

  • 4 votes
#1.16 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 4:39 PM EST

I've recently come to realize that fighting against the mega-corp that is Wal-Mart is truly just like beating your head with a hammer. It feels good when you stop, but you have not accomplished anything.

Like anyone not making well into 6 figures income voting Republican, failing to take advantage of the really inexpensive prices available at WalMart is just foolish. If a name brand product is available for an less money at Wal-Mart than at another store, why would anyone want to spend more money.

I'm not talking about the inexpensive and cheaply made knockoffs, for those you do truly get less than what you pay for the item.

As to the company making a concerted effort to hire veterans, good for the company and good for veterans. Contrary to the advertisements every branch puts out, many of the skills learned in the military do not easily convert to civilian life (yes, your recruiter did lie to you.) this makes it very difficult for the recently released vet to get a job.

The real key is for the veteran to find an employer who knows the value of the military experience. Wal-Mart has discovered that value.

Employers know that certain things in the military; like listening to directions, taking initiative, completing the task assigned on time, teamwork, planning, all are items that few people have and are difficult to teach. Hiring someone who has these skills ingrained into them (after an intense boot camp) is a smart choice.

Given the opportunity to hire two equally qualified people, a wise employer would choose the one with military experience every time.

  • 3 votes
#1.17 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 5:01 PM EST

This should come as no surprise. Wally world has a history of employing people the desperately need a job. Wal Marts continued underpaying their workers, forcing them to "do unethical things", and the mentality to shove Chinese made inferior products into our homes will not repay the harm they have caused. My wife spent 21 years as an hourly paid "manager" eventually being department head of every department in her store (Store 1016), she had the keys to the safe and company computer access. After 21 years of "doing what was demanded, IN THE TIME FRAME DEMANDED" she developed seizures, SERIOUS SEIZERS, that made her a liability to her store. She might have a seizure and fall on a customer, they couldn't have that, so they let her go, no retirement, no severance, not even a farewell get together, 21 YEARS. My wife spoke to Sam Walton 3 times when she first started, he was a good man and he said "IF IT WAS MADE IN AMERICA HE WOULD SELL IT IN HIS STORES", that my friend is NOT WHAT IS BEING DONE TODAY. The people that took over after he died betrayed the essence of what he was trying to do. Veterans today will possibly have a small "disability" check coming from the government because of various injuries, Wal Mart's crappy pay will make those government payments the only thing they can count on. My wife was fortunate enough to be married to someone that managed to save for our future, MOST CANNOT these days. We are comfortable and are frugal with what we have but these poor soldiers will be subjected to more crap than they had to face in the military, for the same pay. WAL MART IS NOT DOING THIS BECAUSE THEY WANT TO HELP US, THEY WANT TO STOP THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT INVESTIGATIONS OF CORPORATE BRIBERY OVERSEAS, ESPECIALLY MEXICO. The Justice Department has enough evidence to put the "top dogs" of wal mart in jail for a very long time, they want to use this ploy as a get out of jail card. Corporate manipulation is all this is. SHOP ANYWHERE BUT WAL MART WE DO!!!!!!!

  • 13 votes
#1.18 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 5:04 PM EST
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Oh hell, more ignorant Walmart bashing by a bunch of braying jackasses who were told by the liberal media turds how evil the Company is. If you'd STFU and go spend some time talking to someone who actually works there, you'd find that while the starting package is somewhat low, once the slackers have been culled, those who are identified as good potential long term employees are compensated rather well. It's a good sound business, which donates a hell of a lot to local community causes...as well as offering consumers a fair price for serviceable products.

PS: Wade, I wouldn't want to be interviewed for any job by a yahoo who doesn't know how to spell "breaks", or "poor", and completely ignores punctuation!

  • 5 votes
#1.19 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 5:09 PM EST

spider-737231

I'm surprised your post hasn't been flagged as advertisement.

Walmart is a huge business and doesn't do anything without a plan that it thinks will improve profits. Retention is the best rate of measurement of the quality of work, pay and benefits and it is very low at Walmart. Also Walmart has paid millions, through court ordered judgements, in back pay and settlements by forcing employees to work over time and through their breaks without getting paid.

  • 15 votes
#1.20 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 5:34 PM EST

NOBODY offered me a job when I returned from Vietnam or Desert Storm, especially any of YOU complainers and trolls. It took months and years to rebuild my civilian life.

And you would have jumped at a chance to do a job that during those times were held by teenagers for spending money?

I applaud Walmart for a least standing up, recognizing the Vet, and giving them preference over non-vets (something this country use to do without press releases). I don't normally shop at Walmart, but I will now!

Because they made a rather empty gesture?

Lets see if there are any other AMERICAN companies out there that will follow. Betcha the lefty companies won't, but no worries, we know who they are, and buycotts work for the right.

There are already American companies that do this. Walmart is not taking the lead, they are more like stealing the lead from the small businesses that are the heart and soul of America.

  • 7 votes
#1.21 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 5:46 PM EST

And how about us NON-COMBAT and so-called "peace-time" veterans who "just happen" to be looking for that ever-elusive full-time job? Most of us will even settle for a part-time job, as long as it pays a decent wage.

I guess just because we never had someone shooting at us we're somehow less deserving of having a job.......

  • 4 votes
#1.22 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 5:50 PM EST

As a veteran, I can not applaud this move. I have to ask many questions, some of which are: Who will these veterans displace if they take these jobs? I know I wouldn't want to take a job away from someone that is currently employed there. I am sure that Wal-Mart doesn't currently have 100,000 job openings. Are they all going to be full-time positions? Or one of the many part-time positions that they are famous for? How come they are putting a time limit of 12 months from discharge? Is there a time limit when they stop being veterans? It all seems to be another ccorporate ploy in making Wal-Mart more palatable to the general public. Sorry it isn't working with this veteran!

  • 7 votes
#1.23 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 5:53 PM EST

harborsideappraisal;

How about you provide a list of American companies that are owned and managed by "righties" (since you specified "leftie" companies) that are going to hire ANY veteran, whether they were in combat or not, JUST BECAUSE they are a veteran.

Here's a "news flash" for ya: There ain't no "rightie" companies in my area that will do it. Hell, they won't even hire anyone unless the person they hire can be a human ROBOT who never gets sick, never needs a break, and never, ever makes mistakes!

  • 2 votes
#1.24 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 6:01 PM EST

It's just another sleazy stunt by a sleazy corporation who want to exploit veterans so it can look good. Every knows Srpawlmart is un-American and unpatriotic. Eighteen members of the Walton family has more wealth than more than 1/3 of the American people combined. It enjoys using slave labor in America and China so it can have more money, money, money. It is anti-capitalist and anti-free-market. I shop at Walmart maybe only two or three times a year when I have no other choice (because of the anti-capitalist way it has manipulated the market). The stuff it sells is garbage. Every buy milk or dairy products there? Cheap, eh? Well, you had better use it by the expiration date or else you've got a scenario from a sci-fi movie. I can spend 10 cents more for a gallon of milk at a locally-owned supermarket and more than two weeks after the expiration date, it's still good to go. You get what you pay for, expecially when you buy "cheap" stuff from a corporation like Walmart. I once bought butter from Sprawlmart and put it in the freezer. A couple days after the expiration, even though it was in the freezer, things started growing on it that one would find in a Stephen King novel. People who shop at it tell me "but stuff's so cheap," and then later tell me "I had to throw it out."

Walmart doesn't care about veterans; it cares about publicity and making more money for a couple-dozen members of the evil Walton family. Let's put Walmart out of business and the Walton family on the street cold, hungry, and sick rather than having them enjoy the "lifestyle to which they've become accustomed to and 'earned.'"

  • 7 votes
#1.25 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 6:06 PM EST

harborsideappraisal

Can't believe you moaners and groaners!!!!!

NOBODY offered me a job when I returned from Vietnam or Desert Storm, especially any of YOU complainers and trolls. It took months and years to rebuild my civilian life.

I applaud Walmart for a least standing up, recognizing the Vet, and giving them preference over non-vets (something this country use to do without press releases). I don't normally shop at Walmart, but I will now!

Lets see if there are any other AMERICAN companies out there that will follow. Betcha the lefty companies won't, but no worries, we know who they are, and buycotts work for the right.

Sprawlmart will pay these vets:

1) minimum wage;

2) less than 30 hour a week so it won't have to pay benefits;

3) if it does hire them over that, it will charge such huge premiums, that they can't live off of their salaries, so they opt out of benefits.

Yup, so applaud Sprawlmart for what it's doing for veterans. It's using them for publicity. It couldn't care less that they risked their lives to make sure the Walton family can live in uber-luxury while none of its members faced mortar fire in some ungrateful nation.

Veterans deserve being give jobs that pay living wages and full benefits (at the corporation's and the corporation's owners' expense). Sprawlmart won't do that.

  • 5 votes
#1.26 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 6:15 PM EST

Absolutely NOT a job that a vet needs. Walmart treats their employees like crap. These vets need to be paid a wage that they can live off of. Walmart does not provide that at all!

  • 2 votes
#1.27 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 6:22 PM EST

It is extraordinarily sazzy of Walmart to hire 100,000 vets all well versed in the use of SAWs (Assault Weapons), a big seller at Walmart.

Kudos, Walmart.

  • 1 vote
#1.28 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 6:32 PM EST

These vets need to be paid a wage that they can live off of. Walmart does not provide that at all!

I agree, however I believe this should be true for EVERYONE, not just vets.

  • 3 votes
#1.29 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 6:42 PM EST

100,000 vets getting some coin. Good grief Charlie Brown's get over yourselves! Way to many people spinning this the way Romney would have pre election. No news is good news.

Who else is hiring 100,000 people? No one! So you don't like Wal-Mart? Whatever! If your ass was out in the street doing the stravin' marvin thing. I think you would take any job, just so you could buy some food.

Plus if these guys are homeless? Wal-Mart at least gives them a chance at a cardboard box upgrade ... Most of you people complaining have not walked down town through any major urban city on a cold dark night and seen all the homeless Vets mixed in with the drunks & crack heads.

Please STFU complaing people. Wal-Mart is doing a good thing.

  • 3 votes
#1.30 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 6:47 PM EST

Vets hasn't been hired jet, but the Unions can't wait to put the hands in the bag. Walmart will be forcer to do business in more welcome states, Right to Work States. Shame on them.

  • 1 vote
#1.31 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 7:00 PM EST

Larry-367607

100,000 veterans making slightly more than minimum wage for less than 30 hours a week so the government will pay the healthcare. Walmart playing the good guy but costing them nothing. Around a $1000 a month with no benefits. I'm not impressed

What is doing Obama to promote more jobs, and you complain about Walmat, only liberals, I guess you prefer more people in welfare than working for 10 dollars /hr, this is why Obama lower the bar for welfare recipients.

  • 1 vote
#1.32 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 7:09 PM EST

I wonder if they are going to pay the veterans a living wage...

  • 2 votes
#1.33 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 7:27 PM EST

Here is what I got out of this story. Walmart hiring 100,000 vets..over a number of years. They are not displacing anyone, just replacing those who leave. Some will be full time jobs, some part time. They will cover every job description the company has (except for top managers and company officers I suppose).

Here is the real story. Sure, over the next 5 to 10 years they will hire 100,000 vets who have been discharged within the last 12 months of discharge. Most will be part time jobs. The full time jobs might be at warehouses though. Most if not all retail stores has to have more part time workers just because of the shopping patterns. More shoppers at different times of the day, week or month. That is natural. We are not talking about a whole lot here. Also, does this mean Walmart expects us to be at war 5 to 10 years from now? I hope not.

There are some questions to be answered too to fully understand why Walmart FINALLY has an American heart. Are we, the tax payer, going to be subsidising not only their pay but rent and food? If the vet needs time off for doctors appointments or any other post-service reason, will they have a hard time getting the time they need? Will they hire the disabled vet too? Like one who has one arm or leg? Is the only provision for PTSD only a phone call away? How many employees couldn't get their jobs back after serving in the past?

It is good on the surface, but why finally the change of heart about buying $50 billion more in American made goods? Is it so even more vets can find work or is it because transportation costs from overseas are eating up their profits? Why weren't they doing this 10 years ago?

This is just another reason I won't be darkening their doors anytime soon.

I have bought items at Walmart in the past only to have them break down in 6 months and had to go buy another. I would buy the replacement at another store and still in use today, 5 years later..same brand and everything. Small kitchen appliances. With Walmarts policy of "lowering" prices every year, the manufacturers were forced to cut quality on the item made for Walmart or not sell in their stores. That can only happen for so long. Some won't even sell to Walmart for that reason or only send them older models.

  • 2 votes
#1.34 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 7:36 PM EST

ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!!

Nice deflection Wal-Mart!

Do the nice, politically correct thing with hiring our unemployed veterans. This is obviously symbolism over substance.

It will help some of the troops get back on their feet, but we all know this is just pandering to get Barrack Husseins henchmen from the unions goonions off Wal-Marts back.

The spin doctors have been working over-time since the goonions were having their faux protests in front of Wal-Marts during the holidays. This will keep the unwashed masses happy for a year or two.

And the games go on.

  • 1 vote
#1.35 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 7:45 PM EST

Hello folks, at Walmart you can work 40 hours a week and still qualify for food stamps! What a company, what a country!

After all Walmart is the new Americans PX (post exchange) now. Concrete floors, all the cheap plastic Chinese products you have nightmares dreams about. Fresh stale trucked in meats and vegetables. I hear there will be a new c-ration isle right next to the dollar isle.

And the customer service is second to temp with a bad attitude none!

  • 3 votes
#1.36 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 8:02 PM EST

Wal Mart does NOTHING that isn't in their best financial interest, and this is no different.

I once worked for a company that tried hiring ex-cons. Sounds warm and fuzzy? Well, they got a tax write off and were compensated for doing so, so it was nearly free labor.

The workers were total crap, of course, and it failed, but someone felt good about it, right?

This is no different. Let me know when they hire full time positions with benefits at decent pay and the evil Walton family can stand to make a few billion each less a year to take care of their people.

Like that's gonna happen.

    #1.37 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 8:02 PM EST

    80,000 army riflemen and 20,000 marines are being laid off as we finally stopped surging (two) and nation building in afghan.

    6 years ago, I was part of a team interviewing 400 returning Iraq veterans for factory work. We hired 200. They and their families had medical coverage on their first day. darn good people. We made over 45,500 varieties so learning is important and they did it quick. Produced better than world class quality. Central Illinois.

    About 1 of 6 needed some one to listen attentively. I do hope that the years have done them all well.

    hire a vet and import Detroit!!

    • 2 votes
    #1.38 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 8:47 PM EST

    SELFLESS AND PATRIOTIC WALMART?

    NOPE!!

    Tax Credits for Hiring Veterans

    Receive a Tax Credit of up to $9600 for Every Eligible Veteran Hired

    How can your organization claim a tax credit for hiring veterans?

    On January 1, 2013, Congress passed a bill that extended the Returning Heroes and Wounded Warrior Tax Credits through December 31, 2013. The Returning Heroes Tax Credit provides incentives of up to $5,600 for hiring unemployed veterans, and the Wounded Warriors Tax Credit doubles the existing Work Opportunity Tax Credit for long-term unemployed veterans with service-connected disabilities, to up to $9,600. There is no limit to the number of qualified veterans for whom you hire. (Source-Orion Int'l).It's all google-able.

    Multiply 1000,000by $5,600...that's the minimum by which Walmart's taxes are reduced for this selfless and patriotic act.

    Why is Walmart committing to this for just one year? Because the TAX CREDIT ends.

    • 8 votes
    #1.39 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 8:51 PM EST

    Bottom line, the Post 9/11 GI Bill pays more per month tax free to the veteran to go to school full time than they will pay at Walmart to be treated like dirt. Played the game at Target for three months until I saw the light. It is a place to start, not stay. Trade school will pay almost triple the salary once finished with the school and hired. Most schools have employers pulling from the classroom to fill positions. And where was Walmart 6 months ago when I retired and placed an application in the managers hand? Nowhere. It is all about the tax credits they earn for hiring the veterans and there are no pay incentives. They pocket more cash and pay the veteran minimum wage. Bravo, you are really helping the country. Here is an idea. Pay the veteran the tax credit you receive for that person specifically as a Christmas bonus each year. Give me a break. This country could give a s*^% about the men and women who fight and sometimes die for the freedoms we hold dear, especially corporations and the elect. Use us and throw us away. Give the homeless veteran the job. He deserves it more than anyone as a head start to get back on his feet. Don't patronize those of us with the ability to run the very company you brag about and do a better job, but that never happens.

    • 2 votes
    #1.40 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 10:07 PM EST

    Ray4ausa: sorry about your wife. Before WalMart, retailers and bankers have been doing that to their employees since time started. Anyone who works in a bank or retail is welcome as long as they work, don't talk too much, take low pay and no benies. You can stay til you die. But should the day come and you ask for soemthing like, money, time off, schedule flexibility for illness after 21 years of loyal work, boy you just made yourself an enemy of the bosses. Wallyworld is just the latest, biggest firm doing it. But they have made more of a science out of it and refined the management practice of it. Other posters are right. WalMart will advertise they are helping veterans, but it's about the tax write off coupled with the Feds paying the guy's medical while WalMart gives a 30 hour job at min wage and avoids the fringe benefits. Of course it takes our fellow Americans to line up at Walmart intending on taking advantage of these circumstances to make it all happen. Nobody forces these people to buy that cheap chinese crap. They do it because they falsely believe they are saving money.

      #1.41 - Wed Jan 16, 2013 8:32 AM EST

      Our veterans deserve better than this! Walmart the monopoly is taking over our choices. Do you know they now sell caskets? They want to put out of business anyone who sells anything.

        #1.42 - Wed Jan 16, 2013 8:43 AM EST

        harborside - you would have to have been at least 19 years old in 1973 when US involvement in Vietnam ended...and, therefore, at least 37 when action in Iraq ended in 1991. That makes you career military and engaged in no civilian life rebuilding, or re-enlisted at around age 35. I'm not sure one can enlist at that age. Were you active reserve for 18 years? I sense a conflict in the numbers or... Please clarify. Thank you.

          #1.43 - Wed Jan 16, 2013 10:22 PM EST
          Reply

          Congrats U.S. vets! Now you too can get a job that:

          - pays you slave...err I mean, minimum...wages

          - refuses to give you sick time off of work (it's better for WalMart's profits if you have to work while sick, infecting your customers and co-workers. After all, those customers will be back to buy once they recover from the illness you infected them with.)

          - treats women unequally to men by paying them less for the same job and by refusing them promotion opportunities and advancement.

          Life back home is looking up already, isn't it??!?

          • 34 votes
          Reply#2 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 2:50 PM EST

          I'd rather have a job than be unemployed. If nothing else, I can use it as a stepping stone to something better. Sure beats sitting on the couch collecting unemployment...

          • 13 votes
          #2.1 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 3:18 PM EST

          You know, these people are US citizens. That means that they have freedom. Freedom to quit working for WalMart, and to get another job. But why don't they? Because they can't. People like you like to demonize WalMart for providing crappy working situation, which they undoubtedly are for retail store workers, but not others like warehouse workers and truck drivers (some drivers make a six figure salary), but yet you fail to realize that they have a choice to work wherever the hell they want to work, if they can get a job.

          So... A vet has the same choice. They can either find a job somewhere else, work at WalMart, or not have a job at all. Free country.

          • 11 votes
          #2.2 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 3:22 PM EST

          Hey Jared -- at least they are offering them work -- what have you done? Oh and Mr. O is threatening to delay their checks along with the Seniors just to get his own way. Why is it that he threatens the elderly and our vets but not extended unemployment, welfare, food stamps, ophones, foreign aid, aid to the UN?????? Why threaten what was/is the backbone of our country those that have PAID into the system rather than the takers that are picking the pockets of the taxpayers. We need stricter access to programs that take from the taxpayer so those that are truly needy get the help they need, not those that just want to laze around while the rest of us "answer the bell". Oh next month he's going to work on immigration reform to include amnesty or didn't you obots get that "talking point" yet. So yet MORE on government dependency. Nothing like enslaving a nation to get absolute power, which by the way corrupts absolutely.

          • 7 votes
          #2.3 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 3:22 PM EST

          Your one sick puppy

          • 1 vote
          #2.4 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 4:01 PM EST

          You forgot the few hours so they don't have to give them insurance so that costs the government more money,etc. I could go on and on. I personally do not shop there. They are a low wage employee whom I do not think are good to their employees as far as how they do their hours and benefits. WalMart is the only one who venefits, yes venefits from this publicity!

          • 6 votes
          #2.5 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 4:12 PM EST

          Jared, this is so true!!!! I personally think that it is a publicity stunt to save grace for what "bad" things that have come out about them AND what the public already should realise about Walmart and their tactics on hiring.

          • 4 votes
          #2.6 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 4:18 PM EST

          Ok Jared,

          I hate to admit it but to a degree he's correct even if not articulate. I think some Americans would pay more for AMERICAN MADE products in support of an agreement to give them a salary that might pay the bills.

          • 3 votes
          #2.7 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 4:21 PM EST

          Dotties girl, nothing like using a good thing (hiring veterans) to put forth a rant against the President when the Republican Congress is threatening to shut down the government rather than pay the bills that they have already approved.

          The President was simply informing everyone that the pain the Congress would cause by a shut down would be felt across the board.

          There is a simple solution for the GOP, don't approve the appropriations if you don't want the money spent.

          • 2 votes
          #2.8 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 5:09 PM EST

          Jared sounds suspiciously like someone who got turned down by Walmart.

          • 1 vote
          #2.9 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 5:13 PM EST

          You people totally bashing Wal-Mart apparently have never worked for them or do not personally know anyone who does. I do not know any men that work there but I do know women and they ALL make more than minimum wage. One woman with a high school education strated out stocking shelves part time and now makes $100,000.00 PLUS benefits. She is honest and has a strong work ethic. She has great benefits. She, however, cites MANY workers, male and females that BARELY put in their time and constantly complain. She has been with Wal-Mart 7 years and makes more than her welder husband.

          The other women I know also have strong work ethics and have worked their way up by being honest and coming to work on time and doing their job. They also complain about the slackers that complain. You can get ahead but not by slacking and complaining...but by doing your job the way veterans were taught to do their jobs. They should do well.

          • 2 votes
          #2.10 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 5:19 PM EST

          dirp, pay no attention to Dotties girl. She is such a partisan, clueless hack, she wouldn't know the truth if it hit her square in the face.

            #2.11 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 5:53 PM EST

            SELFLESS AND PATRIOTIC WALMART?

            NOPE!!

            Tax Credits for Hiring Veterans

            Receive a Tax Credit of up to $9600 for Every Eligible Veteran Hired

            How can your organization claim a tax credit for hiring veterans?

            On January 1, 2013, Congress passed a bill that extended the Returning Heroes and Wounded Warrior Tax Credits through December 31, 2013. The Returning Heroes Tax Credit provides incentives of up to $5,600 for hiring unemployed veterans, and the Wounded Warriors Tax Credit doubles the existing Work Opportunity Tax Credit for long-term unemployed veterans with service-connected disabilities, to up to $9,600. There is no limit to the number of qualified veterans for whom you hire. (Source-Orion Int'l).It's all google-able.

            Multiply 1000,000by $5,600...that's the minimum by which Walmart's taxes are reduced for this selfless and patriotic act.

            Why is Walmart committing to this for just one year? Because the TAX CREDIT ends.

            • 1 vote
            #2.12 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 8:46 PM EST

            Sure beats sitting on the couch collecting unemployment...

            Nah, not really. It'd be hard to break that Guitar Hero top score with icky work eating up your free time.

            Besides, if they can just hold out until all those Obama freebies arrive (right conservatives?), they'll be good to go.

            • 1 vote
            #2.13 - Wed Jan 16, 2013 2:04 AM EST
            Reply

            wow...gotta love coming back from a warzone and getting your dream job at walmart...

            • 17 votes
            Reply#3 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 2:54 PM EST

            Given Walmart's sometimes negative track record re: its treatment of female employees and other issues, you have to wonder if this latest announcement doesn't have more to do with image upgrading and self promotion, than with a genuine caring about veterans. "We at Walmart CARE about our Veterans. Shop with us. Aren't we something?"

            • 15 votes
            #3.1 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 3:06 PM EST
            Comment author avatarDotties girlExpand Comment Comment collapsed by the community

            gotta love coming home from a warzone to find Mr. O threaten YOUR checks punishing you for your service along with seniors that have paid into the system. Guess that doesn't bother you as long as you get your freebies at the expense of the taxpayers. This country was founded by great brave men, while you contribute nothing except putting your hand out. Guess Mr. O's class warfare and divisiveness really works with "you" people.

            • 5 votes
            #3.2 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 3:26 PM EST

            Dotties Girl,

            If I pay taxes, and my taxes pay for s*&t that I use, then IT'S NOT FREE. I PAID FOR IT.

            You keep using the word, "free". I do not think it means what you think it means.

            Idjit.

            • 5 votes
            #3.3 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 4:21 PM EST

            At least they didn't annouce they'll hire 100,000 illegal aliens with in the next 5 years.

            • 6 votes
            #3.4 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 4:27 PM EST

            Guess Mr. O's class warfare and divisiveness really works with "you" people.

            It isn't Obama pitting the 47% which is mostly retired, military and working poor against the 53%. That's Romney and people like you. Funny people like you continually spew about the, "handouters" then talk about Obama being devisive. Maybe you need to look up the word, devisive.

            Tax increases occur under every president and usually target the middle class without comment. When Reagans tax cuts went too far he raised taxes 18 times, mostly on the middle class yet only when a tax targets the top 2% is it an attack on wealth and class warfare. It wasn't democrats initiating class warfare but right wing republicans. Most main stream republicans supported the wealthy paying a little more.

            • 7 votes
            #3.5 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 4:29 PM EST

            wow...gotta love coming back from a war zone and getting your dream job at walmart..

            The Greeter ?

            • 3 votes
            #3.6 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 5:24 PM EST
            Reply

            Too bad I went back to school after serving 22 years and am about to complete my masters. And I got out over 12 months ago. Not eligible.

            Not looking a gift horse in the mouth am I am happy to see Walmart making this commitment, I'm just disgusted that our own government will hire non-vets ahead of vets based on college degrees yet has the audacity to ask civilian corporations to make veteran hiring a priority. "Do as I say, not as I do". Obama doesn't care about veterans one bit. Take a look at the disaster called the VA.

            To those kids that get the Walmart jobs, good for you.

            • 9 votes
            Reply#4 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 3:01 PM EST

            The VA was in a mess long before Obama got elected. Ask any WW2, Korea, or Vietnam vets for their observations and opinions. Obama doesn't care. Right.

            • 20 votes
            #4.1 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 3:18 PM EST

            Nikolaus20: But remember, EVERYTHING is Obama's fault now, even if it isn't...

            • 18 votes
            #4.2 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 3:21 PM EST

            well come on man, if you have a masters and military experience, you are clearly over qualified to work at Wal-Mart. I served 6 years, have a bachelors, and was able to get a job paying a decent, livable salary almost right away. If you served 22 years you should be getting a pension, benefits etc.

            • 8 votes
            #4.3 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 3:23 PM EST

            I read a complaint a woman made against Walmart that her and five other women who'd all worked 5 years or so and making better than $9 an hour were laid off for lack of work. As they turned in their uniforms they noticed 6 new employees being issued uniforms. Walmart will squeeze a penny till it screams. Don't believe they will do anything that costs them a dime.

            • 10 votes
            #4.4 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 4:21 PM EST

            about to complete my masters. And I got out over 12 months ago.

            No Walmart for you.

              #4.5 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 6:47 PM EST

              Even long after all of us are dead. The Jack Wagons will still blame Obama!

              • 2 votes
              #4.6 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 7:03 PM EST

              SELFLESS AND PATRIOTIC WALMART?

              NOPE!!

              Tax Credits for Hiring Veterans

              Receive a Tax Credit of up to $9600 for Every Eligible Veteran Hired

              How can your organization claim a tax credit for hiring veterans?

              On January 1, 2013, Congress passed a bill that extended the Returning Heroes and Wounded Warrior Tax Credits through December 31, 2013. The Returning Heroes Tax Credit provides incentives of up to $5,600 for hiring unemployed veterans, and the Wounded Warriors Tax Credit doubles the existing Work Opportunity Tax Credit for long-term unemployed veterans with service-connected disabilities, to up to $9,600. There is no limit to the number of qualified veterans for whom you hire. (Source-Orion Int'l).It's all google-able.

              Multiply 1000,000by $5,600...that's the minimum by which Walmart's taxes are reduced for this selfless and patriotic act.

              Why is Walmart committing to this for just one year? Because the TAX CREDIT ends.

              • 1 vote
              #4.7 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 8:52 PM EST

              Here is a little tidbit for you Obama lovers and those who think he can do no wrong. Before I say this, I will say he was handed a mess to begin with. As I told my junior troops when they took over from someone who was fired," When you get handed a pile of s*^*, it takes awhile to dig from under it. But, this morning on the news there was a tape of the President when he was campaigning discussing how President Bush had increased the deficit by 4 trillion dollars on his watch alone. Now, who has added 9 trillion in less than the time Bush added his 4. Just because you are dealt a garbage hand, does not mean you go all-in everytime someone looks for a handout. President bush did not add 9 trillion to the debt and continues to add more. These tax credits for hiring veterans will only add to that debt and will not benefit the veteran at all unless it causes them to lose pay as threatened, then they are screwed again.

              • 1 vote
              #4.8 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 10:21 PM EST

              Even long after all of us are dead. The Jack Wagons will still blame Obama!

              Getting it a bit backwards. The liberal media (redundant, I know) and the whining left (yup, also redundant, sorry) have been blaming Bush for everything for the last 12 years...and counting.

              Try again.

              • 1 vote
              #4.9 - Wed Jan 16, 2013 6:56 AM EST
              Reply

              It sure doesn't take long for the haters to come on and start complaining. Perhaps you'd be happier if WalMart said they wouldn't be hiring Veterans?

              • 7 votes
              Reply#5 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 3:04 PM EST

              Haters? For pointing out hypocrisy? Walmart treats it's female employees like 2nd class citizens for starters, but that's okay because it announces that (wave flags and throw confetti here) it's hiring a lot of veterans? You can't read, "business ploy" in this? I'm happy that Walmart is hiring veterans. I respect and am thankful for our veterans. I'd be more happy though if Walmart got some of its crappy labor issues squared away, and if you care about veterans, you would too. Some veterans who may go to work at Walmart will be WOMEN.

              • 14 votes
              #5.1 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 3:12 PM EST

              Nikolaus,

              A few years ago a hurricane went through my neighborhood. The first relief vehicle in was a Bud Light truck filled with bottled water. Was that a "business ploy"...most likely...but it was still a nice gesture. (and to this day, I usually order Bud Light in bars)

              • 7 votes
              #5.2 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 3:21 PM EST

              It was a nice gesture - and a ploy. Budweiser could have trucked in water on vehicles that weren't plastered with advertising, or donated to relief efforts anonymously. They didn't. You now buy Bud Light. A win-win for everyone, especially in their eyes.

              • 6 votes
              #5.3 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 3:24 PM EST

              Well Nikolaus20, perhaps you should be hiring some Veterans to show people how it's really supposed to be done.

              • 4 votes
              #5.4 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 3:27 PM EST

              You live in a negative bubble -- can't see the good in anything -- please move to another country we have enough of you myopic people.

              • 5 votes
              #5.5 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 3:28 PM EST

              The Walmart women issue is most likely a ploy for a group of people to sue the company for "damages"...aka money. From my observation, most of the Walmart employees are women and not very many of the overall Walmart employees make much money whether they are men or women.

              More men should complain about being discriminated against these days but it isn't politically correct to treat men (especially non-minority men) fairly in the work place.

              In order to obtain employment these days it seems that you need to be one of the following: a minority, a female, disabled, a veteran, gay, a combination of these or you need to have a quasi-rare skill that's in high demand such as orthopedic surgery, nursing, etc. The groups that are experiencing the most discrimination these days are workers over age 48 and men - especially the non-minority men. That is fact, but the media and the various minorities constantly claim otherwise and complain as they literally take over everything.

              • 4 votes
              #5.6 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 3:31 PM EST

              I would be happier if WalMart just closed. They kill local businesses, they pay poorly, and they are the Country's biggest supplier of Chinese made goods!

              • 8 votes
              #5.7 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 3:57 PM EST

              SELFLESS AND PATRIOTIC WALMART?

              NOPE!!

              Tax Credits for Hiring Veterans

              Receive a Tax Credit of up to $9600 for Every Eligible Veteran Hired

              How can your organization claim a tax credit for hiring veterans?

              On January 1, 2013, Congress passed a bill that extended the Returning Heroes and Wounded Warrior Tax Credits through December 31, 2013. The Returning Heroes Tax Credit provides incentives of up to $5,600 for hiring unemployed veterans, and the Wounded Warriors Tax Credit doubles the existing Work Opportunity Tax Credit for long-term unemployed veterans with service-connected disabilities, to up to $9,600. There is no limit to the number of qualified veterans for whom you hire. (Source-Orion Int'l).It's all google-able.

              Multiply 1000,000by $5,600...that's the minimum by which Walmart's taxes are reduced for this selfless and patriotic act.

              Why is Walmart committing to this for just one year? Because the TAX CREDIT ends.

                #5.8 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 9:33 PM EST
                Reply

                WW2 vets returned home to great jobs, making American products, at GE and Ford. Nowadays, the RW frames those jobs as villainous and evil union jobs (and the Limbaugh-following masses are dumb enough to concur). Nowadays, Walmart is deemed "heroic" for guaranteeing menial jobs stocking COMMUNIST Chinese products on cheap COMMUNIST Chinese manufactured shelves.

                Remember when Communism was the enemy? Nowadays, it's a great investment for the billionaires that all you veterans get to go fight for.

                • 11 votes
                Reply#6 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 3:08 PM EST

                You're partial right. Those great jobs were available, as long as you were white. African Americans, Japanese Americans and Native Americans, who also fought and died for their country were shut out of those good jobs.

                  #6.1 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 6:04 PM EST

                  African Americans, Japanese Americans and Native Americans, who also fought and died for their country were shut out of those good jobs.

                  You are correct. Dead should not be a disqualification.

                  • 1 vote
                  #6.2 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 6:49 PM EST
                  Reply

                  After completing military service I am sure all veterans will be happy to know that they have a minimum wage job with no benifits waiting for them when they get home.Is that taking care of our servicemen or what,everyone gets a tax break for hiring veterans,don't let Wally World full you,they are not doing this for the good of our veterans.

                  • 13 votes
                  Reply#7 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 3:08 PM EST

                  SELFLESS AND PATRIOTIC WALMART?

                  NOPE!!

                  Tax Credits for Hiring Veterans

                  Receive a Tax Credit of up to $9600 for Every Eligible Veteran Hired

                  How can your organization claim a tax credit for hiring veterans?

                  On January 1, 2013, Congress passed a bill that extended the Returning Heroes and Wounded Warrior Tax Credits through December 31, 2013. The Returning Heroes Tax Credit provides incentives of up to $5,600 for hiring unemployed veterans, and the Wounded Warriors Tax Credit doubles the existing Work Opportunity Tax Credit for long-term unemployed veterans with service-connected disabilities, to up to $9,600. There is no limit to the number of qualified veterans for whom you hire. (Source-Orion Int'l).It's all google-able.

                  Multiply 1000,000by $5,600...that's the minimum by which Walmart's taxes are reduced for this selfless and patriotic act.

                  Why is Walmart committing to this for just one year? Because the TAX CREDIT ends.

                  • 1 vote
                  #7.1 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 8:53 PM EST
                  Reply

                  Wow, so they can join the ranks of the working poor? I think it's a PR ploy on W-M's part...OTOH, if you want to work at W-M after you leave the service, go for it.

                  • 5 votes
                  Reply#8 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 3:09 PM EST

                  7.60/hr for "defending liberty" I think we owe them more, perhaps free gas for life too!

                  • 7 votes
                  Reply#9 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 3:14 PM EST

                  I agree with all the comments about Walmart's unfair treatment of women but what are women doing working at Walmart anyway? They belong in the kitchen.

                  • 2 votes
                  Reply#10 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 3:19 PM EST

                  and barefoot with child....

                  • 1 vote
                  #10.1 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 3:26 PM EST

                  and chained to the stove. But that is how Walmart executives feel - truly.

                  • 3 votes
                  #10.2 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 3:51 PM EST

                  Woman are equally, if not more qualified towork at many jobs outside the home...........where the hell do you qualify as a man when you make comments like that...do you beat your kids too....moron, you cannot possibly think that after that comment you could be in the smallest way, considered a REAL MAN

                    #10.3 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 8:30 PM EST
                    Reply

                    Walmart will be the best job our vets will be able to find as long as you have the empty suited failure in the White House........

                    • 3 votes
                    Reply#11 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 3:23 PM EST

                    So how were those vets doing under Dubya? Walter Reed was a shining example.

                    • 9 votes
                    #11.1 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 3:34 PM EST
                    Reply

                    I thought the same thing...and really would they not hire them anyway? From my experience at Sams and Walmart, you don't have to be special to work there. They need all the workers who will put up with min wage as they can. It's not like you are getting the cream of the crop when you pay 7 bucks an hour. Working at Walmart is not what I would be dreaming about if I was a vet that is for sure.

                    • 5 votes
                    Reply#12 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 3:24 PM EST

                    Well you are certainly not going to get a Engineering Job after 3 years in the Army. Maybe a GED if your lucky take what you can get and Stop Whining should have Re-Upped.

                    • 1 vote
                    #12.1 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 3:30 PM EST
                    Reply

                    They might qualify for Door greeter.

                    • 2 votes
                    Reply#13 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 3:24 PM EST

                    They don't have greeters anymore.

                      #13.1 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 4:23 PM EST
                      Reply

                      I hope there is PTSD therapy available for veterans once Walmart is through with them. While I understand the gesture from Walmart it does not erase what a terrible employer they are. Thus why I refuse to shop there.

                      • 5 votes
                      Reply#14 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 3:25 PM EST

                      About having a therapist, I hope one would WORK there. I'd hate to see a guy lose it and head for sporting goods. The good thing about this is vets like to have other vets around sometimes, just to know somebody knows what they went thru.

                      • 2 votes
                      #14.1 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 4:09 PM EST
                      Reply

                      Hopefully, at least 99.99% of our returning vets will be able to do much better than working for that POS company!

                      They've more than paid their dues and they deserve FAR better than that!!

                      • 5 votes
                      Reply#15 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 3:26 PM EST

                      That's 100,000 over the next FIVE YEARS, people. Not 100,000 jobs being offered out in one year, which would actually make a difference on the American economy, but 20,000 jobs per year. That's pretty much on average with the number of people that both leave their positions and are fired over a year's time from Walmart.

                      Maybe there are a few thousand jobs coming up from new stores being built in addition to those, but the corporation really isn't doing veterans any favors. It smacks of P.R.

                      • 5 votes
                      Reply#16 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 3:28 PM EST
                      Comment author avatarWendy Nunyabvia Facebook

                      and big tax credits..........

                      On January 1, 2013, Congress passed a bill that extended the Returning Heroes and Wounded Warrior Tax Credits through December 31, 2013. The Returning Heroes Tax Credit provides incentives of up to $5,600 for hiring unemployed veterans, and the Wounded Warriors Tax Credit doubles the existing Work Opportunity Tax Credit for long-term unemployed veterans with service-connected disabilities, to up to $9,600. There is no limit to the number of qualified veterans for whom you can claim this credit.

                        #16.1 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 6:37 PM EST
                        Reply

                        We should celebrate this and then bitc@ about all the vets that now have to collect food stamps, housing, welfare because Walmart doesn't pay close to what a person needs to live on and our govt is sooo in debt

                        • 7 votes
                        Reply#17 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 3:28 PM EST

                        Bravo Wal-Mart!

                        • 3 votes
                        Reply#18 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 3:29 PM EST

                        Bravo?

                        That's like cheering Ford and GM for adding a few thousand temporary jobs when they've actually cut HUNDREDS of thousands of jobs from the workplace.

                        • 6 votes
                        #18.1 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 3:33 PM EST

                        Stand up - Agreed.

                        • 3 votes
                        #18.2 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 3:43 PM EST

                        SELFLESS AND PATRIOTIC WALMART?

                        NOPE!!

                        Tax Credits for Hiring Veterans

                        Receive a Tax Credit of up to $9600 for Every Eligible Veteran Hired

                        How can your organization claim a tax credit for hiring veterans?

                        On January 1, 2013, Congress passed a bill that extended the Returning Heroes and Wounded Warrior Tax Credits through December 31, 2013. The Returning Heroes Tax Credit provides incentives of up to $5,600 for hiring unemployed veterans, and the Wounded Warriors Tax Credit doubles the existing Work Opportunity Tax Credit for long-term unemployed veterans with service-connected disabilities, to up to $9,600. There is no limit to the number of qualified veterans for whom you hire. (Source-Orion Int'l).It's all google-able.

                        Multiply 1000,000by $5,600...that's the minimum by which Walmart's taxes are reduced for this selfless and patriotic act.

                        Why is Walmart committing to this for just one year? Because the TAX CREDIT ends.

                          #18.3 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 8:55 PM EST
                          Reply

                          BE CAREFUL!! Don;t fall for the propaganda. They say one thing -- but what about living wages, the ability to unionize to protect working conditions, -- and NOT LAYING OFF others to make room for these folks?! These Walmart folks are devious, conniving, and their record shows that they have no respect for individual human conditions. Take this announcement with A POUND of salt!!

                          • 7 votes
                          Reply#19 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 3:31 PM EST

                          The kiss of death for future jobs? Having Walmart listed as a current/past employer on your resume. I know of several people this has happened to. I'd rather wait tables not that there is anything wrong with that.

                          • 3 votes
                          #19.1 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 3:47 PM EST
                          Reply

                          I see this one ending badly

                          • 3 votes
                          Reply#20 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 3:33 PM EST

                          Hooray, now our servicemen and women will have a lifetime of recieving welfare benefits!! Walmart will even have classes to show them how to apply.

                          This is a publicity stunt! Walmart is looking for some good PR and they know by hiring Veterans they will get it. If they were hiring 100,000 workers at living wages THEN I would be impressed and maybe even consider shopping at Walmart again, but until this Mega Corporations with earnings in the BILLIONS start paying their employees a living wage, then I will NOT darken their door! I also will NOT buy Papa Johns, go to Applebees, Red Lobster or even Wendys!! It is horrendous when employees have to get welfare just to supplement their income while the CEO's making billions!!

                          We, tax payers should be LIVID!! While the CEO's bring in billions personally, we tax payers have to supplement the wages of these company that pay so little their employees qualify for welfare!! As a tax payer, I want to send the MY tax bill to the CEO's!

                          • 9 votes
                          Reply#21 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 3:33 PM EST

                          On the surface and to some extent, this is good news for Vets. But, and a big but, the working conditions, the very low salary, the crazy hours, etc. It's a great publicity ploy for Wal-Mart however. But did you catch the little twist, only Vets that were mustered out in the past 12 months. Really? Why?

                          • 7 votes
                          Reply#22 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 3:33 PM EST

                          I am a veteran, looking for part time work. I applied, guess what no insurance and only 7.50/hour... That was insulting

                          • 6 votes
                          Reply#23 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 3:42 PM EST

                          THey forgot to mention a job @ $ 7. 75 hour, less tax's, I spent 9 months at one after losing my job in the downfall of 2008. Good luck Vet's.......look somewhere else outside of the USA. Stay overseas. Don't come back here to live!

                          • 5 votes
                          Reply#24 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 3:43 PM EST

                          I am a veteran, looking for part time work I applied at Walmart, I got the job but when they told me no insurance and only 7.50/hr. That is completely insulting

                          • 7 votes
                          Reply#25 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 3:47 PM EST

                          Makes ya feel all warm and fuzzy, doesn't it? You deserve better Medico. We all do.

                          • 7 votes
                          #25.1 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 3:49 PM EST

                          Makes me feel warm, but definitely not fuzzy lol...

                          • 3 votes
                          #25.2 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 3:54 PM EST

                          Thank you for your service (if you're legitimate), but they aren't trying to be insulting. That's Walmart's plan. If you don't like the job you can always find somewhere else to work. Personally, I believe the government has failed you. The government is your boss and they should be paying you for putting your ass on the line.

                          • 1 vote
                          #25.3 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 7:50 PM EST

                          yep, and on top of it you'd be working for: the Chinese and wealthy folks, with a bunch of odd ball in mid management for interaction. Miss that too?

                            #25.4 - Tue Jan 15, 2013 10:59 PM EST
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