Wal-Mart launches campaign, gift to fund veterans charity

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas-based Wal-Mart Stores Inc. plans to give up to $1.5 million to a charity that provides housing for families of veterans who are in military or veteran hospitals.

The gift announced Tuesday includes a donation of $500,000 to the Fisher House Foundation and up to $1 million more through a campaign called Holiday Sing to Salute Military Families.

The company says it will donate $100 for every video of a holiday greeting or holiday song posted to social media sites with the hashtag #Sing2Salute before Dec. 22. Wal-Mart says the initial $500,000 donation will be used for home improvements, holiday celebrations and gifts for the families. The additional donations will pay for families to stay at the more than 60 homes nationwide while veterans receive medical care at nearby hospitals.

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