My Grandfather's Teacup: A Story of our Veterans' Commitment

I haven't had too many memories of growing up with veterans in my family.  My grandfather, who passed away in the late 90's did serve, but was never called up to fight in his lifetime.  I have all kinds of physical reminders of the time he lived in Okinawa, however; beautiful teacups and saucers that were given to my grandmother, and then my mother, and then handed down to me.  It amazes me that, with all he was training to do as young soldier, he was thinking of his family with each teacup he purchased!

Even today, fathers and mothers are finding ways to connect with their families back home.  Veterans have a special burden to raise a family when far away; upon returning home, their challenges can be quite difficult, especially when it comes to supporting that family as a civilian.  While my grandfather could come home to work on a family farm, times have changed; many veterans start completely over in the work force when they finish their service.

Walmart has been helping to keep families together and supported through their Veteran's Commitment.  Their promise is to hire any honorably discharged veteran within the first 12 months of separation from service. Supporting the Military Community In 2014, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation doubled down on its original $20 million commitment to veterans in 2011 by pledging an additional $20 million through 2019 to support veteran employment and transition programs.

How many have been helped by this initiative?  An amazing 65,000+ veterans have been hired, and more than 5,000 have been promoted.  You can find out more about Walmart's Veterans Welcome Home Commitment on the website or follow updates on Twitter!

Do you know someone who deserves praise for their service to our country? Be sure to join the community giving thanks to our men and women in uniform via the Wall of Honor.  Anyone can post photos, videos or text through Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the #WallofHonor hashtag, and it will appear at

As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I've received compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.