Walmart said Wednesday it will guarantee a job offer to any U.S. veteran in Maryland who has been honorably discharged from active duty since last Memorial Day.
Through its Veterans Welcome Home Commitment, which also applies to Virginia and Washington, the retailer has hired more than 4,000 veterans since program began last May, when the discounter pledged to hire veterans within 12 months off active duty.
The retail giant also said it now plans to hire a projected 250,000 veterans by the end of 2020. Walmart previously said it would hire 100,000 veterans by 2018.
"I can sum up in three words what Walmart's veterans hiring initiative means to me — opportunity to succeed," said Calvin Summers, assistant store manager at Walmart's supercenter on Georgia Avenue in Washington, in the announcement.
The jobs are available at Walmart supercenter and neighborhood market formats as well as at distribution centers and Sam's Club stores.
Retired Brigadier General Gary Profit, Walmart's senior director of military programs, said the company believes veterans represent the world's largest diverse and talent-rich candidate pool and are "an essential segment of the next generation at Walmart."