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Walmart salutes veterans with job offers

Updated: Thursday, May 22 2014, 06:36 PM EDT

WTOV9.com
WINTERSVILLE, Ohio -- Walmart's pledge to find jobs for more than 100,000 veterans is changing lives.
"I was out of work for six months and we started to get behind on some of our bills," said retired Marine Corps Officer Shawn Becwith.
That was until he got a call from Walmart about a job position.
"I was applying everywhere, and I did a couple of programs with Marines (in his native South Carolina) and nothing was just working out," Becwith said.
One of those programs he applied to was the Walmart Welcome Home Veteran Job Initiative.
Within a week of that call from Walmart, Becwith packed up with his family to start a job at the Walmart distribution center in Wintersville.
"It's just really a blessing for people in my position because there are a lot of Marines that actually work here and a lot of veterans from other services that work here," Becwith said. "They were in the same position that I was. They were out of work they couldn't find a job, and whenever you get a preference over everybody else, it really helps out a lot."
The Walmart job initiative launched last January in an effort to secure jobs for veterans. So far, the program has helped more than 1,000 veterans in Ohio get a job.
Walmart just promoted Becwith to a higher position with a better pay.
He says he plans to start that job sometime this June.

Walmart salutes veterans with job offers


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