Walmart to Launch Vet-Hiring Plan

    A Walmart employee gathers pushcarts as police man the front entrance to a Walmart store in Paramount, California on November 23, 2012 as Walmart employees and their supoorters protested nearby. Unhappy Walmart employees are protesting across the US, seeking to make their demands for better pay and benefits more visible to the Americans flocking to the Black Friday shopping frenzy. AFP PHOTO / Frederic J. BROWN        (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

    Walmart in Paramount, Calif. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty)

    Walmart is set to announce plans Tuesday to hire any veteran who wants a job—one of the nation’s biggest hiring commitments for veterans in history. Walmart, the nation’s largest retailer, will require that the veterans have left the military in the previous year and did not receive a dishonorable discharge. The program will officially launch on Memorial Day. In a statement, first lady Michelle Obama called the program “historic” and said she will urge other corporations to follow in Walmart’s footsteps. According to Walmart, the program is expected to lead to 100,000 new jobs for veterans in the next five years.

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