Walmart to hire 100,000 veterans

Coalition veterans

Six of the many veterans that come to the Coalition for assistance.

According to a count on a January night in 2011, there were 67,495 homeless Veterans in America. At Coalition for the Homeless specifically, one in four residents in the Men’s Pavilion is a veteran and/or disabled!

This is a problem of national importance – so much so that President Obama and the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs have made it a priority to end Veteran homelessness by 2015. “No one who has served this Nation as a Veteran should ever be living on the street,” said Eric Shinseki, U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

Yesterday, in what made quite a splash, Walmart revealed its plan to hire more than 100,000 veterans over the next five years. The hiring pledge will begin on Memorial Day and states that the company will hire any honorably discharged veteran who applies for a job within a year of leaving active duty.

“We all believe that no one who serves our country should have to fight for a job once they return home,” First Lady Michelle Obama said in a statement. “Walmart is setting a groundbreaking example for the private sector to follow.”

What do you think of Walmart’s pledge?