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Walmart launches ‘Find-a-Future’ program to help service members transitioning to civilian life

Walmart Home Office sign. (Walmart Corporate/Released)
July 02, 2021

On June 29, Walmart launched a website aimed at helping veterans and military spouses “Find-a-Future” as they transition from military service into civilian life.

Walmart’s “Find-a-Future” program was designed to provide resources to transitioning service members, National Guard and Reservists, veterans and military spouses in their career journeys. Its website states. “By assessing your individual needs and connecting you with the right partners, you’ll be better positioned to reach your goals – whether that’s starting a new career, acquiring new skills or even starting your own business.”

The program focuses on three key missions: finding an employment opportunity veterans’ love at Walmart or other organizations, gaining the education veterans’ need to help achieve future goals, and helping veteran entrepreneurs grow their businesses and bring their product or service to market.

“I wish we had Find-a-Future when I was transitioning out of the military almost 10 years ago,” Brynt Parmeter, senior director for Walmart’s military and STEM programs, told American Military News. “It helps you think about your future in achievable ways and connects you with the right partners to get there.”

“As a parent of two service members, I’m thrilled that Walmart has invested in creating such a great program to help them find a professional path when they leave the military,” he added.

Veterans are offered one-on-one counseling, mentorships, and public and private partnerships through the program in an effort to support them as they “move into the next phase of their journey.”

According to a press release, the website is part of a broader effort by the corporation to create opportunities for veterans and military spouses. Last summer, Walmart met its goal to hire 250,000 veterans since 2013, with 49,000 veterans and 27,000 military spouses hired in 2020 alone.

“As we look forward, we’re excited to continue our momentum while also becoming more involved in creating high-quality veteran and military spouse experiences through the platform,” Parmeter said. “Find-a-Future is the next step for Walmart to serve veterans and military spouses while helping us build relationships across this community.”

Walmart’s program is also part of a partnership with the Institute for Veterans and Military Families, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Hiring our Heroes programs, and Student Veterans of America, which serve as additional resources for veterans.

“By bringing all of these resources together through the “Find-a-Future” platform, we can help veterans and military spouses advance their economic opportunities and well-being in so many ways,” the press release stated.