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Wal Mart ramps up hiring of veterans, one 20 years on the job, shares his story

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 Wal Mart is putting more veterans to work with a goal of giving 100-thousand vets jobs in the next five years.   The company is now offering any honorably discharged veteran a job within 12 months of leaving active duty.

Assistant ManagerSsteve Lant, also a  veteran of the Marines Corps, says "The company's stance on it, is that you fought for the country why should we have to fight for jobs after leaving the military."
Lant says, "It can be difficult to find a job a lot of times because of the transition from  military to civilian careers and life.  It can be an obstacle."

    Keith Fiscus,  a World War Two veteran and double purple heart recipient, is a twenty year employee of Wal Mart and encourages other veterans to apply. 

 

     Fiscus serves as a greeter and uses a doctorate in horticulture in the garden center in spring. 
 Fiscus wears his purple hearts with pride. Fighting for his country came just after graduating high school when an army bus picked up those who had been on deferment during school.   Fiscus gathered intelligence  for General Patton going behind enemy lines to capture Germans. 
He says, "My instruction was bring him back alive,   he has a gun and  could shoot you. But don't let that bother you.  You just bring him back alive.  That was  actually how we got this information. 

Fiscus became a prisoner of war and was starved and interrogated at the Dachau concentration camp.
 "I thought my goodness there would be a slaughter if I would tell them just where the location of these (men) were and so I wouldn't do it and they of course beat me on the head and shoulders and next day the same thing.  Asked the same question. 
He told them nothing.
Keith is 88 but still works 5 days a week and he says veterans have a quality that makes them good employees. He says, "They've had to be prompt, have a schedule, they're  good workers they know what it is to work hard."
And of his job at Wal Mart, Fiscus says, "I love it I love the people and I love the customers and it is a good place to work."
Fiscus has worked for Wal Mart for twenty years. Since Memorial Day, Wal Mart has hired sixteen thousand veterans. 
For a link to Wal Mart's web site for veterans click here.



 

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