This decision will make a significant difference for U.S. military veterans who before could not find work.
Wal-Mart will be announcing later today that it will hire every veteran who comes to them looking for work. According to the New York Times there are a few conditions however, veterans must have left the military within the last year, and they cannot have been dishonorably discharged. Even with these stipulations, the five-year hiring plan, which officially starts on Memorial Day, should employ at least 100,000 veterans.
This could make a significant dent in the unemployment rate for vets that has, according to Newser been “stuck well above the national average.” In 2012 the average was right around 10% for military veterans. First Lady Michelle Obama, who has made it her mission to champion causes such as this for US vets, has praised Wal-Mart’s “historic” move. She said, “Wal-Mart is setting a groundbreaking example for the private sector to follow.”