No matter what you think of Wal-Mart, you have to salute them for this one.
The world’s largest retailer announced that, beginning Memorial Day and for the next five years, it will hire every person who has (honorably) left the United States military within the previous year.
CNN Money reports that this is one of the biggest commitments to hiring veterans on record, and that it will employ over 100,000 people. And in fact, Wal-Mart is already one of the nation’s biggest employers of veterans, who experienced a 10.8% joblessness rate in December (as compared to a 7.5% rate for the country in general).
Most of the new jobs will be in Wal-Mart stores and clubs, with additional positions in distribution centers. Fox News adds that Wal-Mart will be also be adding more transparency to its scheduling system to allow part-time workers to transition to full-time. First Lady Michelle Obama has publicly endorsed the program on behalf of her Joining Forces Initiative (which aims to train and employ unemployed veterans and military spouses).