Jobs for Veterans and the Walmart Promise

Nov. 12, 2012 -- Jessica L. Wright, Acting Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, and Major General Retired Don C. Morrow, Arkansas Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve State Chairman look on as Bill Simon, president and CEO Walmart U.S., signs a Statement of Support with ESGR, reaffirming Walmart’s commitment to employing members of the Guard and Reserve. The signing ceremony was one of 10 held nationwide. Photo credit: Walmart.com

Nov. 12, 2012 — Jessica L. Wright, Acting Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, and Major General Retired Don C. Morrow, Arkansas Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve State Chairman look on as Bill Simon, president and CEO Walmart U.S., signs a Statement of Support with ESGR, reaffirming Walmart’s commitment to employing members of the Guard and Reserve. The signing ceremony was one of 10 held nationwide. Photo credit: Walmart.com

Walmart CEO Bill Simon announced this week that the retail giant would hire 100,000 veterans who have been honorably discharged over the next five years.

“Hiring a veteran can be one of the best business decisions you make,” said Simon. “Veterans have a record of performance under pressure. They’re quick learners and team players. They are leaders with discipline, training, and a passion for service. There is a seriousness and sense of purpose that the military instills, and we need it today more than ever.”

Simon’s announcement received a lot of media coverage and praise from First Lady Michelle Obama.

But there are skeptics like Time reporter Christopher Matthews who question the motivation behind the Walmart offer.

To actually make a dent in veteran unemployment, Walmart would have to increase its annual hiring of veterans to 65,000, or 325,000 over five years — and hope other employers in the U.S. adopt similar hiring policies.

Some readers of Stripes.com were equally skeptical:

And readers at stripes.com pointed out that Wal-Mart could pull in up to $9,600 in tax breaks per veteran hired, a financial boost they argued calls into question the real reason behind the hirings.

Stripes.com reported that Wal-Mart officials would not respond to criticisms. Their job offers to veterans will  include part-time and entry-level positions.

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