Starbucks announces plan to hire veterans
November 6th, 2013
06:15 PM ET
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Starbucks is the latest big company to announce an aggressive push to hire veterans returning to the civilian work force.

The Seattle-based coffee chain said on Wednesday that it will hire 10,000 veterans and military spouses over the next five years.

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates was appointed to Starbucks' board of directors last year. He told CNN's Poppy Harlow, "We know that many men and women who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan have had a difficult time finding career-fulfilling kinds of positions. Over the next five years another million men and women will come out of the military and enter civilian life."

Starbucks chief executive Howard Schultz said his company also plans to open five stores on or near military bases that will share their profits with the local communities. And, he added, "as a small gesture," all vets and their spouses will get a free tall brewed coffee on Veteran's Day.

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  1. Terence Hale

    Starbuck hiding behind Dutch tax laws to avoid paying tax in other European lands may be open to be taxed in the lands of operation. A court in Haarlem ruled by a pensioner receiving money from Switzerland that has already been taxed on that it can be taxed again in Holland. As double taxation is thus allowed by Dutch law other Europeans may use this to tax avoiders.

    November 9, 2013 at 12:31 am |
  2. Calculator

    Hiring 10,000 military vets & their spouses over 5 years? Thinking generously, that's 20,000 new hires over the course of 5 years = 4,000 new hires per year. Adding the 5 new locations mentioned in the article to their latest 2012 count of US stores = 11,000 stores across America.

    That means if they stick to their so-called "aggressive push", they would be hiring 1 militarily-related employee for roughly every 3 stores ... AND they'll get free coffee on Veteran's Day. What a joke.

    November 7, 2013 at 7:15 am |
    • VladT

      How many vets have you hired this past year?

      November 7, 2013 at 9:04 am |
      • Veteran

        How many have vets you hired this past year?

        November 7, 2013 at 9:08 am |
        • JellyBean

          I know your are but what am I?

          November 8, 2013 at 7:30 am |
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