Wal-Mart announced this morning that, over the next five years, it will hire every veteran who honorably left the U.S. military in the previous year. That would include more than 100,000 men and women, making it one of the largest hiring commitments for veterans on record.
While the nation has struggled with high unemployment rates for nearly five years, the jobless rate for veterans has been even worse: 10.8 percent in December, more than 3 percentage points higher than civilians.
The nation's largest retailer said today that it would kick off its hiring blitz on Memorial Day, with most of its jobs at Wal-Mart stores and more at its distribution centers.
First Lady Michelle Obama, who has championed hire-a-vet programs, called the Wal-Mart plan "a concrete example of our nation's support" and challenged every business to follow the retailer's lead.
Wal-Mart is Idaho's second-largest private employer, behind the St. Luke's Health System.