Walmart has reached a goal it set in 2013 of hiring a quarter-million veterans by this year.

The company has hired 265,000 veterans through its Veterans Welcome Home Commitment, and more than 44,000 of those have been promoted, it said in a press release.

“I’m proud of the commitment we’ve made to veterans and their families, and I’m thrilled that so many have decided to join us,” Doug McMillon, president and CEO of Walmart Inc., said. “They are critical to helping us achieve a more diverse and inclusive future.”

The company’s Military Spouses Career Connection, announced in 2018, has hired more than 31,000 employees, the release said.

“We’re proud of our ability to present opportunities to the talented service members who’ve honorably served our country,” said Brynt Parmeter, senior director for Walmart’s military programs. “Now, as we look ahead, we will find new ways to help veterans and military spouses find meaningful futures through employment, entrepreneurship, learning, and health and wellness initiatives.”

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