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Pride, purpose & promotions

You had it in the military and you can have it here too. You may be leaving the military, but you still have that same drive to lead, make a difference and better the lives of others. Consider Walgreens. Our mission is to help all people live healthier every day and veterans are a big part of our plans. That’s because we know that hiring a military veteran is one of the best decisions we can make. You’re proven leaders, quick learners, team players, and you know how to get the job done and motivate others with passion and pride.

Look below to learn how we support our veteran employees, and what opportunities are available as you transition from the military to civilian life.

Helping Veterans with Educational and Retail Opportunities (HERO) Program

Support & Resources

To apply for jobs in the HERO program, Click Here.
Employee Christopher Bolinger

Arin Krol ASM-T Air Defense Artillery Captain

I was an Air Defense Artillery Captain, having spent time in Fort Bliss, TX, Fort Sill, OK, Fort Hood, TX, and various bases across Kuwait, working with, and training the PATRIOT Missile system. I feel that Veterans encompass trust, integrity, attention to detail, and amazing planning and execution skills.

I was intrigued by a company the size of Walgreens making a commitment to hire Veterans into a position where the opportunities are endless. I decided to apply because I was new to the Tri-Cities area and wanted to find something where I could utilize my leadership talent and try something new.

My coworkers are the most unique and amazing team that I have had the honor to work with since serving in the Military. My Store Manager allows me to work independently, and trusts me to make sure tasks are completed to company expectations.

Employee Willie Myles

Willie Myles ASM-T US Army

Willie Myles is an Army veteran and Walgreens employee currently enrolled in the HERO program. When a Walgreens finally came to town, Myles noticed a difference on his first visit.

"What stood out was as soon as I walked in, I was greeted," he said. "Everyone throughout the store was friendly, and that caught my attention. Interaction with customers is important to me. The next day, I got the store manager's name and talked to her. She referred me to a store in Tallahassee. The store manager there encouraged me to apply and helped set up an interview."

"With HERO, you get training to help you move up and get promoted," he said. "The HERO program works hand in hand with military education benefits, because it gives you a discount on your bachelor's, so now your GI Bill will go further and possibly help pay for your master's. I am still in the training process, but after just four months, I am able to apply for college and get the discount. That encouraged me to grow professionally and personally."

Myles is now an assistant store manager trainee.

Employee Christopher Bolinger

Christopher P. Bolinger Assistant Store Manager ASM, US Army, SFC, 13R44

As a former Platoon Sergeant and 1SG, my leadership experience has worked well in planning for such things as holiday rush season, as well as assigning tasks to employees and following up with assigned tasks. My military leadership experience comes in handy with the transition into the Frontier movement. I always have a Plan B because as my experience tells me, you never know what is going to happen, so always try to plan for anything.

The benefits of veterans working for Walgreens is that we have a great work ethic, we always have a backup plan, so we are prepared for anything, and we work well under stress. Veterans are also very reliable, I myself have never used a sick day. Of course, veterans leadership skills are among the best, leadership is taught to us in classroom as well as on the job. Veterans are also very loyal to their employer (unit) and their employees, and always put the needs of the company (Army) and their employees (soldiers) first.

As when I was a Non-Commissioned Officer, as an ASM I get to train my employees. Training is the most important thing you can do for your employees. Taking an employee on their first day on the job with Walgreens, and seeing them take the knowledge you have taught them and watch them eventually move into the leadership position is as rewarding as pinning Sergeant strips on one of your soldiers.


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