Local Walmarts to Make Effort to Hire Veterans | News
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the December unemployment rate for veterans was at 7 percent. That's slightly lower than the national rate 7.8 percent.
But this May, Walmart is kicking off an effort to help out some of America's heroes looking for work.
The company will offer a job to any veteran that was honorably discharged and is in his or her first 12 months off active duty.
13WMAZ talked to Ken Bernard of Dublin. He served in the U.S. Army as a Staff Sergeant in the 1980s. He has worked in communications but he is looking for a job now.
He says he learned things like discipline and commitment while in the army.
"One would be attention to detail, having joined the army," said Bernard. "Being where you need to be on time, doing a job the way it needs to be from A to Z not breaking in between completing a job following it and also learning to follow instructions."
Walmart spokeswoman Kayla Whaling says they will be reaching out to veterans through the Department of Defense and other veteran programs.
According to the company's press release, they want to hire 100,000 veterans over the next five years.