Our dedication to military families and veterans is part of who we are and dates back to World War II – when our founder, Sam Walton, served as an Army captain from 1942 to 1945, stationed stateside because of a heart condition. His brother, Bud Walton, co-founder of Walmart, also served during the war as a Navy bomber pilot in the Pacific. And John Walton, Sam’s son, proudly served as a Green Beret medic in Vietnam (receiving the Silver Star for bravery in combat). Sam started what would eventually become Walmart with $5,000 he saved from his Army tenure, opening Walton’s Five and Dime in Bentonville, AR, in 1951. He then went on to build an international retail success story in large part modeled after the military values he so diligently admired.