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First Lady Urges Businesses to Follow Walmart’s Lead in Recruiting Veterans

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  • January 15, 2013
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After applauding Walmart’s pledge to hire any honorably discharged veteran, First Lady Michelle Obama challenged the private sector to look for “innovative solutions” that will “make a difference for our veterans and their families.”

At the National Retail Federation’s annual show Tuesday, Walmart U.S. President and CEO Bill Simon pledged to hire more than 100,000 veterans over the next five years. Simon said the company will offer a job to any honorably discharged veteran in his or her first 12 months off active duty. Most of the jobs would be in Walmart stores and clubs, with some in distribution centers and at headquarters.

“We believe Walmart is already the largest private employer of veterans in the country, and we want to hire more,” he said.

The Obama administration plans to work with other large employers over the coming weeks to secure similar commitments, reported Government Executive.

“This is exactly the kind of act we hoped would be possible when we started Joining Forces — a concrete example of our nation’s love and support that our troops, veterans and their families can feel in their lives every day,” the First Lady said.

“Today, my challenge is simple: for every business in America to follow Walmart’s lead by finding innovative solutions that both make sense for their workplaces and make a difference for our veterans and their families,” Obama said.

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