This may sound like quibbling, but Walmart, just like much all big-box retailers, still pays most of its workforce pretty miserably. According to an IBISWorld analysis, the average sales associate makes around $8 an hour. If that’s the best that can be offered our veterans, that’s not doing very much. Also, Walmart receives a tax credit for hiring veterans, saving thousands of dollars per new employee.
Without a doubt, the decision by Walmart officials to hire more veterans who want jobs is commendable. Hiring a veteran can be one of the best decisions made. Veterans are leaders with discipline, training, and a passion for service. The government has an obligation to make sure the men and women who have served this country are prepared to return to civilian life.
The private sector also has a moral obligation to show its support by employing these veterans. What we cannot tolerate is the use of veterans for selfish gains. An honest day’s pay, for an honest day’s work.
Thank you for your questions and inquiries.
Speak to you again next week.
Jim Vines is commander of AmVets Post 133.