Walmart Hiring Plan Excludes Nearly 1 Million Unemployed Veterans

Walmart is hiring veterans in 100,000 jobs over five years.

Walmart's plan to hire more than 100,000 veterans
comes with a major catch: Only those who have been honorably discharged on or after the plan's announcement on Jan. 15 will be eligible. (The official launch date is Memorial Day.)

Which means that veterans who left service yesterday, or last week, will not be eligible. Nor will Walmart's plan include veterans who left military service last year and have been unemployed, ever since.

Why? Walmart's spokesperson Brooke Buchanan told AOL Jobs: "We shouldn't be given a hard time about this," but declined to elaborate on why this condition was put in place.

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She emphasized that Walmart's employment roster of 1.4 million workers already shows 100,000 veterans on staff, thanks to its participation in efforts such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Hiring Our Heroes program. But Walmart's program will still be leaving out the almost one million veterans currently out of work, according to August statistics. The unemployment rate for veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq now stands at 10.8 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

For his part, President Obama was speaking highly of the plan, saying, "Walmart is setting a groundbreaking example for the private sector to follow."

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Walmart's program joins a renewed effort throughout corporate America to hire veterans. Currently there are about 10 million veterans working in corporate America, according to And the numbers are growing, thanks to programs such as banking giant JPMorgan's 100,000 jobs mission, which is looking to hire that many veterans by 2020. As of September, it had already gotten 28,186 veterans hired among a group of 76 employers -- including the bank.

"You are seeing a new attitude of 'what can we do?' in the corporate world," Libby O'Connell, the chief historian at The History Channel told AOL Jobs. And she saw the enthusiasm as coming from a desire to right past wrongs. "After Vietnam, veterans were disrespected because of the opposition to the war. Everyone has realized veterans' well-being has nothing to do with how you felt about the war."

For its part, Walmart said that it still welcomed all veterans to apply for jobs. "We will respect their service," Buchanan said.

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i worked for wal-mart and believe me they malign veterans and expect them to work themselves to death.

May 25 2013 at 9:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

it looks like they've forgotten about all of the veterans that are unemployed. not just the ones that have recently come back to the US.

May 25 2013 at 9:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Daniel Danny Jones

what about the ex-cons thats want to feed there families what about the folks who just lost there jobs due to the economy and are losing there homes everyone needs a job a chance

May 20 2013 at 8:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Wallyworld may not offer the best jobs in the world but if you apply and are willing to work most likely you will get hired if a position is open, Vet or not.

January 17 2013 at 11:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What the heck is this? They sure are singing a different tune today than they sang two days ago.

January 17 2013 at 11:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Grampa Craig


January 17 2013 at 10:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Why should Walmart be held in some sort of contempt for not hiring veterans who were dishonorably discharged? If they were D/D then it was probably due to some sort of negligence or misdeeds. I'd be reluctant too until I knew better the circumstances of a dishonorable discharge. Too bad they can't backdate their decision to sometime last year.

January 17 2013 at 10:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Sounds good but the pay is lousy. You cant live on what they pay and in addition they work you to death. Many get employed and many leave also.

January 17 2013 at 9:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What bull...they're hiring..they're not...LOL...they'll hire anyone that'll work for what they'll pay..

January 17 2013 at 9:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Writer is the typical Walmart hater. "..Excludes over one million workers.." Name any other company in the fricking world that has offered any thing close!! These may not be $100K a year jobs but the ex-military people aren't the type just to lay back and suck up unemployment benifits like a bunch of the posters here!

January 17 2013 at 9:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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