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(CBS) — One of the biggest companies in America is marking this Memorial Day by kicking off a major campaign to hire 100,000 veterans over the next five years.

Counselors based here in Chicago will help Walmart recruit applicants. As CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker reports, those counselors are also veterans and are ready with more than just job information.

You may have seen the commercial: Walmart’s pledge to hire veterans. Those applying will end up talking to veterans-turned-counselors at a call center in Chicago.

Matthew Detrick is a former radio technician with the Marines. His job now is to help veterans rework their resumes so their military skills translate into job skills.

While their main focus is jobs because of their experiences, these vets can also remind their comrades about other social services, such as free bus rides for vets.

Eduardo Balderas is a father of two, with another on the way, and in the market for a house. The VA home loan program means no money down.

Walmart will hire 5,000 this year. For more information about the retailer’s hiring initiative, click here.

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