Goodwill Receives $1 Million From Walmart to Assist Returning Vets

The Walmart Foundation has announced a $1 million grant to Goodwill to launch a program that will help military veterans find employment and ensure long-term financial stability for their families.

Even as the nation's unemployment rate remains stuck above 8 percent — and more than 20 percent for veterans between the ages of 18 and 24 — the military is working to withdraw troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, where it has been engaged in two of the longest-running conflicts in U.S. history. Under current plans, at least one hundred thousand men and women are expected to leave military service in the next five years.

As part of Operation: GoodJobs, Goodwill agencies in Austin, Houston, and Tacoma will provide recently returned veterans with job training and placement. Each participant will receive a complete career assessment and an individualized development plan covering a range of family needs, including basics such as nutrition, shelter, and child care, as well as specific job training identified during the assessment process. Individual career development plans will be designed to ensure long-term economic security for participants and their families.

"Everyone is struggling to find good jobs these days, but veterans face particular challenges, and it is our duty as a nation to support these young men and women who are having difficulties transitioning back into civilian life," said Goodwill president and CEO Jim Gibbons. "We at Goodwill believe it is absolutely imperative that we give each of these veterans every opportunity they need to thrive."