Walmart welcomes home veterans with open arms

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Over the past year, Walmart has hired more than 40,000 veterans as part of their Veterans Welcome Home Commitment.

"Veterans need help. It's a hard time for everybody, but veterans especially. God love Walmart for doing it," said Jerry Pruett.

Vietnam War veteran turned Walmart greeter Pruett was almost brought to tears when talking about how thankful he is for Walmart's effort to hire veterans. He loves his job, and working as a greeter in a military community makes it even better.

"I work at the front door and all veterans coming and going out, I love talking to daily," said Pruett.

These veterans share a bond. They have all served and fought for our country overseas. Now they share a workplace right here in Biloxi.

"With me being a veteran and coming home, it's hard getting jobs, but Walmart is making an effort, saying the least we can do is give you a job and say you have a home here," said Christopher Woodard, who is an Army National Guard veteran.

This Memorial Day marks one year since Walmart started the Veterans Welcome Home Commitment. In Mississippi alone, they have hired more than 700 veterans.

Another one of those veterans is Michael Humphrey. He calls himself and his fellow vets the best you can choose from.

"You have the best workforce, probably in the world, as a military service member. I mean you have the training, the discipline and the honor of serving our country," said Humphrey.

The commitment guarantees a job offer to any honorably discharged veteran within his or her first 12 months off active duty. Walmart projects it will hire more than 100,000 veterans over the next five years.

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