Walmart program has hired 625 veterans in North Dakota
WILLISTON --Since Walmart launched its Veterans Welcome Home Commitment more than two years ago when it guaranteed a job offer to any eligible U.S. veteran that had been honorably discharged from active duty during that time frame, 17 North Dakot...
WILLISTON -Since Walmart launched its Veterans Welcome Home Commitment more than two years ago when it guaranteed a job offer to any eligible U.S. veteran that had been honorably discharged from active duty during that time frame, 17 North Dakota stores have hired 625 veterans.
This includes 15 Walmart stores and three Sam’s Club locations.
Company-wide, the program has been so successful, the goal was to hire 100,000 veterans by the year 2018 but has already exceeded that mark by hiring more than 107,000 veterans since the plan was rolled out. Walmart has now reassessed its numbers and have raised the projections to hiring 250,000 veterans by 2020.
“I think we’re doing a great job at welcoming vets back,” said Williston Walmart Assistant Manager Blake Dickenson. “We’ve hired a lot of wartime vets.”
A veteran himself, Dickenson said his main job overseas was to work with nuclear weapons. He takes a lot of pride in being able to have military service as the common ground he shares with many of the associates he leads.
“I missed Vietnam by two years. I was stationed in Ulm, Germany when we prepared to go to Iran,” he said. “When I speak to other veterans we get to talk about our histories. There’s a lot of veterans here.”
Since taking a bold stand to assist in the lives of veterans and their families, Walmart announced this year that they would be partnering with other organizations including the Institute for Veterans and Military Families, Team RWD, Hire Heroes, Team Rubicon and Blue Star Families to launch Greenlight A Vet.
They have donated $20 million to support veterans by providing job training, transition help and education. The company recently decided to give another $20 million by 2019 towards continuing job training and education but also aid in community-based initiatives like helping address challenges many veterans are faced with when returning to the civilian workforce.
“We served our country and we need to give back to those that did,” said Dickenson. “I think these programs are awesome.”