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Wal-Mart to hire 100k veterans

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FT. GORDON, GA (WFXG) -

If you're a veteran, Wal-Mart would like to speak with you about a job.

The retailer announced Tuesday they plan to hire over 100 thousand veterans over the next five years, offering a job to any honorably discharged veteran in his or her first 12 months off active duty.

"I can think of no better group to lead in revitalizing our economy than those who have served in uniform," said Wal-Mart U.S. President and CEO Bill Simon. "Through their service, veterans give us a land of freedom. When they return, it must be to a land of possibility."

It has those in the Ft. Gordon community grateful for the opportunity.

"When it comes time to take the uniform off, to be able to look out and see they're going to get the kind of support to help them transition from the military to the civilian community, it makes a huge difference," says Ft. Gordon Deputy to the Garrison Commander John Curry.

And those at Ft. Gordon say there are many reasons why companies like Wal-Mart are looking for those who have served our country to now serve their company.

"Discipline, dependability, ethics- the soldiers carry all of those," says Ft. Gordon Army Career and Alumni Program Transition Services Manager Ella Freeman.

Freeman works with soldiers moving back into civilian life.

She says the experience gained in the military make veterans attractive candidates to employers.

"Soldiers are leaders," she says. "So they have that leadership experience as supervisors as it translates out there in the civilian sector."

"You apply that to any technical field the individual may have been trained on in the military, and you've got an individual that will fit into anywhere in the civilian workforce," adds Curry.

Now, they say they're glad businesses like Wal-Mart are recognizing the men and women who have served, and the qualities they can bring to their companies.

"The opportunities that are being created are tremendous," says Curry. "You can't ask for a better situation than that."

There are several upcoming opportunities for veterans to find a new job at two job fairs specifically for veterans and military spouses:

U.S. Chamber of Commerce "Hiring our Heroes:

Tuesday, January 22, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Savannah Rapids Pavilion

3300 Evans to Locks Rd.

Martinez, GA 30907

Interested job seekers should register at hoh.greatjob.net. (Walk-ups accepted. Veterans must have military ID).

Jobs available for veterans and military spouses.

Ft. Gordon Defense Tech and Intelligence Career Fair:

Thursday, January 31, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Gordon's Conference and Catering Center

Bldg. 1842, 19th St., Ft. Gordon

Fair open only to job seekers who already have access onto Ft. Gordon.

 

 

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