Walmart and Sam's Club announce military initiatives following White House call to action
Washington, D.C. -- On the heels of First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden’s “Joining Forces” military support announcement in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, Walmart has announced its Military Family Promise.
The commitment guarantees a job at a nearby store or club for all military personnel, and military spouses, employed at Walmart and Sam's Club who move to a different part of the country because they or their spouse have been transferred by the United States military.
In addition, through Walmart and Sam's Club's Military Family Promise, associates called to active military duty will continue to be paid any difference in their salary if the associate is earning less money during their military assignment.
"As one of the nation's largest employers of veterans, we applaud the First Lady and Dr. Biden's continued leadership when it comes to honoring and supporting our nation's heroes," said Bill Simon, president and CEO of Walmart U.S. "With our presence in communities across the U.S., we are in a unique position to make a difference on issues that matter most to the military and veteran communities.”
On Tuesday the retailer announced two new Foundation grants, including $1 million to the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities Program, which will send 300 veterans with disabilities to entrepreneurship bootcamp at one of seven major university partners, as well as facilitate the expansion of the program to two additional schools. The funds will also support small business training for more than 100 military family members.
The other is $500,000 to the SCORE Foundation to help accelerate veterans' ability to start a business and succeed as small business owners.