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article imageStarbucks to hire 10,000 vets, military spouses

By Mike White     Nov 6, 2013 in Business
Starbucks plans to hire at least 10,000 armed forces veterans, as well as spouses of service members who are on active duty. The plan is a part of the company's overall plan to reach a goal of increasing its workforce during the next five years.
Company CEO Howard Schultz says the plan is good business because the veterans are skilled individuals. He added that to do so is not philanthropy or charity, according to the Consumerist. Many other American companies actively work to hire veterans.
Schultz added the veterans are "highly skilled, highly trained people who have significant leadership capabilities."
In addition, Starbucks will convert two of its businesses into “community” stores. That means a certain amount of money from every purchase will be donated to various nonprofit agencies.
The Seattle Times gave the example of the one nearby store giving .10 from each purchase to help veterans look for civilian work through a group that is already working to do that. At the base in Seattle, about 8,000 service members get will be discharged in future years.
Schultz called his company's plan "absolutely the right thing to do" for former service members who are having a hard time entering back into civilian life.
According to vetcentral.us.jobs, a number of United States companies are actively working to hire veterans. A few of the many companies are: Staples; Walgreens; St. Jude Medical; St. Jude Children's Research Hospital; Sprint; T-Mobile; Texas Instruments; IBM; Barnes and Noble and many others.
According to a news release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for Gulf-area veterans in 2012 was 9.9 percent, a decrease of 2.2 percent. The jobless rate for all veterans was seven percent, a decrease of 1.3 percent.
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