The Walmart Foundation is infusing another $5 million into a program that helps recently discharged Charlotte area veterans more easily connect to jobs, services and schooling.
The foundation is contributing the extra money to expand the program because of its early success, foundation officials announced this week. The program has helped more than 450 service members, veterans and their family members.
The latest money will support veterans in the western N.C. Piedmont, the N.C. coast and in San Antonio, Texas, officials said.
Welcome Home North Carolina is a three-year initiative guided by the Institute for Veterans and Military Families, a New York-based organization that solves issues facing former service personnel and their families.
A national search by the Walmart Foundation revealed Charlotte is ahead of many other communities in its work to coordinate services for veterans, Kathleen McLaughlin, the foundation’s president, said when the program launched last year.
She cited the work of Charlotte Bridge Home, a nonprofit created in 2012 to help recently discharged vets return to civilian life, and strong corporate support, particularly from Bank of America.