Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans
When the men and women of our military return home from combat, they face a new set of challenges.
John Raftery is one of those men. This is the story of how Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans helped him start his own business.
We've committed $20 million to veterans and military families
We believe strongly in supporting those who have given the most to our country – our service members and veterans. That’s why in 2010, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation committed $10 million over 5 years to help our nation’s heroes find employment when they come home. And in 2011, we doubled that number to $20 million.
Our charitable giving is focused on programs that support veterans faced with the highest unemployment, which tends to be veterans 34 years old and younger. Here are a few examples of our recent support.
Veterans Green Jobs
The Walmart Foundation has awarded a total of $1.25 million to Veterans Green Jobs to support the development of four training sites, which will help veterans develop green job training skills.
Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV)
The Walmart Foundation's donation of $1 million to Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) will help send 300 veterans with disabilities to entrepreneurship bootcamp at one of seven major university partners. It will also facilitate the expansion of the program to two additional schools and support small business training for more than 100 military family members.
Goodwill Industries International
The Walmart Foundation awarded $1 million to support three Goodwill headquarter agencies through Goodwill's Operation: GoodJobs program. The program will connect 600 veterans and their families with job training and placement, but also plan for each participant's continued success by supporting the entire family's personal and financial goals.
Swords to Plowshares
Swords to Plowshares received a $750,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation to increase job training programs for California veterans, particularly in communities with the highest number of unemployed veterans. Veterans will receive assistance with job training programs in high-growth industries, pre-employment assistance and placement with local employers.