Billions of boxes

Identification tags of 20-year employees hang on a display during a celebration for the 20th anniversary of the Hermiston Walmart Distribution Center in April 2018.

On July 1, Walmart announced it had met its goal of hiring more than 250,000 veterans nationwide by the end of 2020.

The retailer announced the goal in 2013, starting with a goal of hiring at least 100,000 veterans by 2018. After that goal was met, the new target was announced.

According to a news release from the company, Walmart has hired more than 265,000 veterans nationwide, including more than 2,300 veterans in Oregon.

It also created the Military Spouses Career Connection that offers military spouses hiring preference while applying for jobs internally.

Walmart also recently announced another “hero pay” initiative for its essential workers during the pandemic. According to an email, the latest bonuses were the third in three months and added up to $2.9 million across Oregon and $390 million nationwide.

Full-time hourly associates and drivers were given $300, part-time employees received $150 and assistant managers received $400.

“Walmart and Sam’s Club associates continue to do remarkable work, and it’s important we reward and appreciate them,” John Furner, president and CEO of Walmart U.S., said in a statement. “All across the country, they’re providing Americans with the food, medicine and supplies they need, while going above and beyond the normal scope of their jobs — diligently sanitizing their facilities, making customers and members feel safe and welcome, and handling difficult situations with professionalism and grace.”

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