Wal-Mart announces expansion of veteran hiring

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says its plan to hire 100,000 military veterans has been so successful that it intends to hire even more.

The retail chain announced Wednesday that it wants to hire 250,000 honorably discharged veterans by 2020. On Memorial Day two years ago, the company launched its Veterans Welcome Home Commitment program with the intent to hire 100,000 by 2018. It has already hired 92,000.

The executive vice president for logistics at Wal-Mart, Chris Sultemeier (SULL'-tuh-my-uhr) said veterans already hold positions in retail, distribution and management, and that about 8,000 of the 92,000 already hired have been promoted.

If the company is successful in hiring the additional 150,000 veterans, the group would make up close to 20 percent of the retailer's 1.3 million domestic workers.

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