Wal-Mart pledges to hire thousands of veterans and buy more US products over the next decade

  • Article by: ANNE D'INNOCENZIO , Associated Press
  • Updated: January 15, 2013 - 11:23 PM
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notsidJan. 15, 13 8:18 AM

Yes, but I suppose at minimum wages sufficient to make them eligible for food stamps and medical assistance to be paid for by the taxpayers.

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michael6549Jan. 15, 13 8:23 AM

This way Wal-Mart won't have to pay health benefits as the vets already have V.A. benefits. I'm sure our veterans are looking forward to getting a minimum wage job without other benefits.

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citypersonJan. 15, 13 8:53 AM

That's 25 vets per store over 5 years which is only 5 vets per store per year. Well played, Walmart, well played.

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fooledmeonceJan. 15, 13 9:40 AM

what say you Target? got a plan also

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la55122Jan. 15, 1310:17 AM

Go fight for your country and be rewarded with a job at Wal-Mart? Wal-Mart is becoming part of the government, not unlike the old Ma Bell which hired many Korean War vets to be linemen and installers in the 50's. AT&T probably paid a living wage and had advancement potential. Wal-Mart should make these vets management candidates, not stockers and clerks. This country has been on a downhill slide economically and shows no signs of reversing.

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kesummJan. 15, 13 1:14 PM

WalMart has told suppliers with US and China plants that they need to "increase their China content" to deliver lower prices. We'll see about the new leaf they are turning over here. Go Target!!!

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TobsterJan. 15, 13 5:05 PM

To those commenters saying things like "they fought for their country now they have to work a crappy job like Walmart"...where to begin. First, nobody forced them to join the military. You know what you're signing up for when you do it. Your reward are things like the GI Bill, and whatever internal rewards there are (like knowing you can run a mile in so many minutes, etc.). Having spent time in the military doesn't entitle one to a lifelong series of special treatments and rewards. Finally, if all one can do when they leave the military is work at Walmart, then they would have wound up there anyway. If the military is so great, then those exiting should have no problem finding a good job. Right?

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ciamanJan. 16, 13 3:10 PM

WalMarts hollow words sound great until you start to talk about how much those jobs will pay? Most people at WalMart now earn about $9.00 per hour. How in the world do you think those vets will ever be able to mary any women and buy a home? Any home? New cars? Nah, forget about those things too. One person suggested that those vets should try for management, or junior managers. At least they would have a chance to have a decent life. So WalMart, raise your pay and how about more benefits for those non-vets? The American Dream is in the past. We are now on a rickety bridge into a lost future. That is what I see.

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mgs5150Jan. 18, 13 2:05 PM

Our economy of consumerism is probably to blame for bad paying, go no where jobs. All you see now is an America lined with stores containing products form India and bad restaurant chains, that's our economy.

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