Veteran’s Day is always a special time for my family. My grandfather, husband, and brothers-in-law have all served their country, and my sister-in-law is still serving. I can easily recall many their stories of service both domestic and overseas, though I will never really know what it is like to potentially sign away my life in service of another.
Today, their service was made even more special by a program at my daughter’s school during which all veterans present â€” my husband included â€”Â were honored in song. They were all asked to share the length and branch of their service.
Hearing those veterans speak so proudly about their service and seeing some of them tear up at the genuine thanks offered by everyone in attendance was a poignant reminder of how important it is to honor the men and women who put their life on the line so that the rest of us can enjoy all the freedoms that come with being American.
Walmart is continuing to use its Wall of Honor to do just that. It is an online community where anyone can share photos and stories of the veterans we know and love. You simply post a photo, video or just text update on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the #WallofHonor hashtag, and your post will show up at walmart.com/wallofhonor. Take some time today to honor the vets you know, and look at the stories shared by others.
Commitment to Hiring Veterans
You also may recall that a while back, Walmart announced they would hire 100,000 veterans over a 5 year period. This program guarantees a job offer to any honorably discharged veteran within the first 12 months of separation from service. Well, to date, Walmart has connected more than 67,000 veterans with employment opportunities throughout the nation.
Having seen firsthand how difficult it can be to make the transition from military life to being a civilian, I understand how important it is that veterans know there will be employers who will respect and appreciate their service enough to give them an opportunity. To make this happen, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have doubled their initial commitment by pledging an additional $20 million through 2019 to support veteran employment and transition programs.
Disclosure: As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, Iâ€™ve received compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Affiliate links have been used.