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Walmart announces 4,400 veteran hires in Arizona since 2013

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PHOENIX — Since Walmart announced its Veterans Welcome Home Commitment four years ago, the company has hired over 4,400 veterans in Arizona alone, it announced Thursday.

The program offers a guaranteed job to “any eligible, honorably discharged U.S. veteran,” a statement read. The retailer said its goal is to hire 250,000 veterans in the U.S. by 2020, and they currently stand at 170,000 already hired across the nation since May of 2013.

With Memorial Day approaching, Walmart also is donating a $100,000 grant to the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, an organization that provides support for those dealing with the loss of loved ones in the Armed Forces.

“At Walmart, we have seen firsthand that veterans and active service members bring tremendous skills, like leadership, attention to detail and conscientiousness, to their civilian jobs,” Gary Profit said, a retired brigadier general and now senior director of military programs for Walmart, in a statement. “We are proud to salute these individuals during all stages of service – from making a decision to enlist in the armed forces to when they return home.”

Walmart said it also offers jobs to the families of military personnel who are relocated and participates in a U.S. Chamber of Commerce program to hire veterans called Hiring Our Heroes.