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Jan 15

Chamber Board Member Wal-Mart Makes Major Commitment to Hiring Veterans

Wal-Mart, a member of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, today will announce a plan to hire any veteran that wants a job, as long as that veteran left the military in the previous year and did not receive a dishonorable discharge.

This is a very important commitment for our nation’s veterans, as many of them must fight to find a job once they return home.

From the New York Times:


The announcement, to be made in a speech in New York by William S. Simon, the president and chief executive of Wal-Mart U.S., represents among the largest hiring commitments for veterans in history.

Company officials said they believe the program, which will officially begin on Memorial Day — May 27 this year — will lead to the hiring of more than 100,000 people in the next five years, the length of the commitment.

“Let’s be clear: Hiring a veteran can be one of the best decisions any of us can make,” Mr. Simon will say in his keynote speech to the National Retail Federation, according to prepared text. “These are leaders with discipline, training and a passion for service.”

This commitment aligns perfectly with the mission of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce “Hiring our Heroes” program, which the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce has strongly supported since its launch in March of 2011. Since its inception, “Hiring Our Heroes” has hosted more than 390 hiring fairs across the country, leading to more than 14,100 jobs for veterans.

Chicago has hosted two “Hiring our Heroes” job fairs, including one in March of last year. The third annual veterans’ hiring fair will be held in Chicago on Thursday, March 21, at the Palmer House Hilton. Click here for more information or to register.

The Chicagoland Chamber advocates the hiring of veterans as a means to spur economic growth and create jobs, and there is no better time than the present to get these men and women back to work.

To read the full New York Times article, click here.

For more information on the Hiring our Heroes program, click here.

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