Walmart Celebrates 250,000 Veterans Hired Through Welcome Home Commitment

Local News

FILE – This June 25, 2019, file photo shows the entrance to a Walmart in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

NEW ORLEANS – (July 1, 2020) – Ken Nettles from Pineville, Louisiana is one of thousands of veterans who has found a home with Walmart since the company introduced the Veterans Welcome Home Commitment (VWHC) in 2013, setting its goal of hiring 250,000 new veteran associates by 2020.

Today, Walmart announced it achieved the hiring goal with more than 265,000 veteran associate hires, including more than 6,000 in Louisiana.

“When I retired after 20 years of military service, I was looking for a place to hang my hat. A career at Walmart felt like the obvious next step given my military background in supply and logistics,” said Ken Nettles, fresh coach manager at the Walmart Supercenter in Pineville, LA. “I appreciate how Walmart and the military share similar business philosophies. Both organizations are team oriented, progress driven and strongly believe in continuing education. Most importantly, I love getting to know our customers and enjoy the people I work with every day. That’s what really matters.” 

“We’re proud of our ability to present opportunities to the talented service members who’ve honorably served our country,” said Brynt Parmeter, senior director for Walmart Military Programs. “This is such an important time for us. Our company is committed to building relationships across this community to advance and improve both economic opportunity and overall well-being. As we look ahead, we will find new ways to help veterans and military spouses find meaningful futures through employment, entrepreneurship, learning, and health and wellness initiatives.”

First announced on Memorial Day 2013, the VWHC’s initial goal was hiring 100,000 veterans by the end of 2018. Two years later, the company expanded that goal to 250,000 by the end of 2020. 

On Veterans Day 2018, recognizing the need to broaden employment opportunities for military families, Walmart introduced the Military Spouses Career Connection. To date, the company has hired more than 31,000 associates and continues offering any military spouse hiring preference when applying for a job.

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have a long history of supporting veterans, service members and their families. Since 2011, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have invested more than $40 million in programs that support job training, education, and innovative public/private community-based initiatives for veterans and military families.

For more information about Walmart’s commitment to veterans, service members and military families, please visit: http://www.walmartcareerswithamission.com/ or http://corporate.walmart.com/global-responsibility/veterans-military-families/ and follow Walmart on Twitter @WalmartToday and @WalmartOrg.

About Walmart in Louisiana

Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online and through their mobile devices. In Louisiana we serve customers at 137 retail units and online through Walmart Online Grocery and Walmart.com. We are proud to employ 34,793 associates in Louisiana. Walmart supports local businesses, spending $350.4 million with Louisiana suppliers in fiscal year 2020 and supporting 46,713 supplier jobs. Walmart continues to be a leader in employment opportunity, sustainability, and corporate philanthropy. In fiscal year 2020, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation contributed more than $20.6 million in cash and in-kind donations to local nonprofits in Louisiana. Learn more at corporate.walmart.com.

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.