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Walmart CEO Announces Expedited Veteran Hiring Process

Bill Simon, executive vice president and chief executive officer for the U.S. for Wal-Mart Stores Inc., speaks at the company
Bill Simon, executive vice president and chief executive officer for the U.S. for Wal-Mart Stores Inc., speaks at the company's annual shareholders meeting in Fayetteville, Arkansas, U.S., on Friday, June 1, 2012. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Chief Executive Officer Mike Duke told employees and shareholders at the company?s annual meeting today that the retailer, whose executives are accused of bribing Mexican officials, is committed to ethical behavior. Photographer: Beth Hall/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The nation’s largest private employer says it can't hire veterans quickly enough.

Walmart plans to accelerate the hiring process for veterans seeking employment to 30 days from job application to final offer, Walmart U.S. president and CEO Bill Simon announced Tuesday.

Walmart’s pledge comes the same day as a White House statement about Joining Forces, a private-public venture launched two years ago by first lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden. Walmart is just one of more than 2,000 companies who have joined the White House’s Joining Forces initiative.

“The private sector is stepping up for our heroes, just as they have stood for us,” Simon said in a statement with the announcement. "Every company in America has benefited from the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform. Sadly, too many of those who fought for us abroad now find themselves fighting for jobs at home."

Walmart spokeswoman Brooke Buchanan told The Huffington Post that Simon views veterans' first year out of active duty as “critical” and doesn’t think they should struggle to find work.

The company committed in January to hiring more than 100,000 veterans over the next five years. The retailer already is the largest private employer of veterans, with roughly 100,000 veteran employees currently on staff, according to Buchanan. In total, Walmart employs 1.4 million workers nationally.

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