I'm grateful veterans are offered opportunity

2013-09-02T00:00:00Z I'm grateful veterans are offered opportunity nwitimes.com
September 02, 2013 12:00 am

As our nation celebrates Labor Day, it's a good time for career reflection. When I came home from the Marines 15 years ago, I was unemployed. A classmate who worked at Walmart said, “Go apply.” I ditched my next class and did.

Transitioning from military to civilian life wasn't easy. That's why I'm extremely proud of Walmart committing to offer a job to any honorably discharged veteran within 12 months of leaving active duty.

My military experience helped me become a leader in my company. I'm part of the 75 percent of Walmart's store management teams that have worked their way up from hourly positions. As a market manager, I oversee eight stores in the area and have a role in developing the careers of some 3,000 associates.

Because Walmart has a culture of promoting from within, I take great satisfaction knowing other men and women who have served in the military will have that same path to success available to them as well.

- Bill Skoufis, market manager, Walmart, Merrillville

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