Charitable Giving

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.

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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.

Goodwill Industries International

The Walmart Foundation granted $5 million to Goodwill Industries International to expand Operation: GoodJobs, an initiative that equips military veterans and their families with the tools they need to earn employment and ensure long-term financial wellness for themselves and their families. Building upon effective practices developed via the Operation: GoodJobs pilot, Goodwill will scale the program to serve more than 4,000 veterans and military families over three years.

Operation: GoodJobs originally launched in the spring of 2012 at Goodwill agencies in Austin and Houston, Texas, and Tacoma, Wash., with a $1 million grant from the Walmart Foundation. After successfully serving more than 800 veterans and families, Goodwill and the Walmart Foundation will expand the program to include nine additional Goodwill headquarters in four states with high concentrations of veterans: California, New York, North Carolina and Texas. 

Operation Homefront

Operation Homefront was awarded $1.5 million to provide 25,000 toys and more than 17,000 meals to military families nationwide during the 2013 holiday season. The gift also will support Operation Homefront’s “Home for the Holidays” program, which will bring home 500 active duty military to spend the holidays with their families.

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. 

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.