Veterans & Military Families
We seek to help veterans and military families successfully transition from active duty to civilian life, supporting programs that strengthen the systems they need for reintegration.
As U.S. veterans transition to civilian life, they sometimes face challenges in finding the resources to aid them in securing a job, housing, healthcare, education or training. Walmart knows firsthand the value veterans bring to our businesses and communities, and we aim to help them build a future filled with opportunity in recognition of their service. Walmart.org invests in organizations whose programs and research support the successful reintegration of U.S. veterans and military families back into their local communities. While we seek to strengthen systems and communities that aid our military members and their families through all stages of their service journey, we place a particular focus on transitioning military members.
Walmart.org has invested $40 million since 2011 to support programs that provide job training, education and technology to help veterans and military families.
Our Focus Areas
When nonprofits, businesses and government agencies work together to plan, implement and evaluate veteran programs, results are amplified. These efforts aren’t just helping our veterans and military families – they’re improving entire communities. We prioritize support for military families in the five states with the highest concentration of veteran populations: California, Texas, New York, North Carolina and South Carolina.
Our funding supports programs like the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University’s AmericaServes initiative which is using technology to bring veteran-focused organizations into streamlined and coordinated networks providing care and services in communities across the county. Their work provides veterans with a simple gateway to the right resources in the shortest amount of time, and improved transparency for all. In 2014, the Walmart Foundation’s initial $1 million grant went to the expansion of the AmericaServes program in North Carolina. An additional $5 million followed in 2016, supporting ongoing implementation in existing AmericaServes.
Applications are by invitation only for 501(c)(3) organizations (or equivalent organizations outside the U.S.) whose work directly relates to the above focus areas. Unsolicited proposals will not be accepted.