BENTONVILLE, Ark. - Oct. 12, 2006 – In honor of Veterans Day and troops serving our country today, Wal-mart will create its annual in-store “Wall of Honor” to recognize military men and women. Beginning October 16 through November 11, members of the community wanting to honor a loved one who is serving or has served in the U.S. Armed Forces are invited to bring a photo to any U.S. Wal-Mart or Sam’s Club Photo Center to be included on the Wall.
Participating customers will receive a photo package courtesy of Kodak. Each package includes one 5”X7”, one 3”X5”, and two wallet-sized prints. The 5”X7” print will be placed on the “Wall of Honor,” and the remaining photos will be given free of charge. Also included is a memento photo stand for display at home or in the office.
Wal-Mart has a long history of supporting our troops and veterans. In addition to this year’s Veterans Day tributes, here are some highlights of other military support activities:
- A partnership with Sesame Workshop – Through a nearly $1.5 million donation, the Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club Foundation partnered with Sesame Workshop, the organization behind Sesame Street, to develop bilingual (English/Spanish) outreach kits to help young children of the U.S. Armed Services, National Guard and Reserves deal with the various stresses of military life.
- Donations of pre-paid calling cars – In 2005, Wal-Mart helped connect military members serving in the Middle East with loved ones and friends back home by donating 5,100 pre-paid telephone calling cards worth more than $125,000.
- Providing shipments of water – Last year, Wal-Mart donated a total of 57 truckloads, more than 1.7 million bottles of water, to servicemen and servicewomen.
- Awarding more than $3.7 million in grants – In 2006, local Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club locations awarded more than $3.7 million in grants to Local Veterans organizations, with more than $600,000 going to Veterans groups that support our disabled veterans.
For more information about Wal-Mart and its strong support of military efforts, please visit www.walmartfoundation.org.
About Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT)
Every week, more than 176 million customers visit Wal-Mart stores, Supercenters, Neighborhood Markets, Sam’s Clubs or a subsidiary location in 15 countries around the world. In each of the countries where Wal-Mart operates, the company and its Foundation are committed to a philosophy of operating globally and giving back locally. Wal-Mart is proud to support the causes that are important to customers and associates right in their own neighborhoods, and last year gave more than $270 million to these local communities. To learn more, visit www.walmartfacts.com, www.walmart.com or www.walmartfoundation.org.