Walmart Keeps its Military Family Promise

By Heather Brice
May 9, 2014
Military Spouse Day Heather Brice

Last summer, I made the commitment of my life: I got married. Because my husband is in the military, I knew that commitment meant we could move far – and potentially often. But what did it mean for my career?

I was pleased to learn – but not surprised – that my company is just as committed to military spouses as they are to active service members and veterans.

Through Walmart’s Military Family Promise, this week, I’ll transition from a Beaverton, Ore., Neighborhood Market to a Supercenter in Jerome, Idaho – a town within 30 minutes of where my husband, Ryan, is serving his first duty station as a pharmacy tech in the Air Force. When we were waiting to find out where he would be transferred, he was worried about me keeping my job. But I wasn’t. I’ve always known that my company would support me. And, I told him, it only helps that Walmart has locations all over the country.

The Promise means the company guarantees a job at a nearby store or club for all military personnel and their spouses who are employed by Walmart but need to move because they’ve been transferred by the military. As soon as I mentioned my needs to my supervisor, my management team had me placed in the Jerome store as an assistant manager within a day.

When I started with Walmart, I saw my job as just a way to earn extra money while going to school. Along the way, I fell in love with it. I listened to my leaders who’ve told me since the beginning that, here, you can pretty much do anything. I learned everything I could, and I’ve worked my way up from a stocker to the assistant manager title I hold now.

While I was falling in love with Walmart, I fell in love with Ryan, who started working for my store right as I was leaving for the manager training program. We kept in touch and got married a few months later.

I am dedicated to my career at Walmart, so it’s encouraging to know that Walmart is just as dedicated to supporting me while my husband serves.