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Starbucks Pledges Jobs and Free Coffee to Vets

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

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.

Back in May, Walmart made a similar commitment, announcing they would offer a job to any honorably discharged veteran within his or her first 12 months off active duty, estimating they would hire around 100,000.
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