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Walmart Alabama veteran hires top 3,900 in ‘Welcome Home’ program

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – As Memorial Day approaches, retail giant Walmart said it has hired more than 3,900 veterans in Alabama as part of a company initiative called the Veterans Welcome Home Commitment.

Across the nation, Walmart has hired nearly 131,000 veterans under the program, which was announced on Memorial Day 2013. In Alabama, the total number of vets hired is 3,908.

John Mark Hunter, a discharged U.S. Marine who served two seven-month tours in Afghanistan as a tank commander, is one of them. The 25-year-old Hayden native began working as an overnight stocker at the Walmart Supercenter in Gardendale in March.

“I heard about Walmart being veterans-friendly, and when I sent out applications, Walmart was the first to get back to me,” Hunter said. “I really enjoy working here. The people are very friendly, and I’ve made a lot of friends.”

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