Candice, Veteran & Walmart associate – A former Navy Lieutenant’s first Veterans’ Day celebration at Walmart was an epic experience.
What an eventful day! Rather, what an eventful morning.
If you know me, then you know I’m not at all shy about emphasizing how important camaraderie, teamwork and community values are to me. As a teenager I enrolled in Navy JROTC, and throughout college I participated in NROTC before being commissioned a Surface Warfare Officer in the United States Navy and serving our country for almost 7 years. Needless to say, those experiences reinforced what I always knew; making an impact in this world and influencing people is more fun when you are encouraged and motivated by a strong team.
Today, I’m a member of the Walmart team and couldn’t be more proud. Walmart’s commitment to veterans can be seen in the 67,861 veterans hired over the past 18 months through the Veterans’ Welcome Home Commitment as well as through the development of an active and encouraged veterans’community and events like today’s Veterans’ Day Remembrance program hosted by Walmart CEO Doug McMillon to honor our nation’s heroes.
These actions aren’t only immensely influential in the lives they impact, but they are also unexpected and greatly appreciated coming from our neighborhood retailer. I assure you, with my personal and professional experience I know this to be true-hard work is not done for the accolades or the pomp and circumstance. True hard work, like the work demonstrated by Walmart, is a reflection of their values and accepting responsibility for the community they serve. Today alone, associates around the nation with a Veterans’ affinity tuned-in to watch and support U.S. Navy SEAL Derrick Van Orden, Lt. Gen. Sam Cox, U.S. Air Force, Savannah Maddison, Jon Voight, Steven Smith and Doug as they said “Thank you!”
I join my team, as an associate and as a Veteran, in thanking our heroes.
Check out my photos from the day on Instagram @WalmartCareers
Also, check out Walmart CEO Doug McMillon’s statements honoring our nation’s heroes.