Starbucks has joined a list of companies that have policies in which they are hiring more veterans.
The move comes as an increasing number of veterans are returning to the civilian workforce from duty overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Starbucks, which is based in Seattle, announced that it is willing to hire 10,000 veterans and military spouses between now and 2018.
“The men and women of the U.S. military have always served as a source of inspiration,” the company said in a press release on its website “They inspire us in our service to the greater good and remind us of the importance of our ongoing commitment to our communities, partners, and everyday work.
“Our need to hire partners who share these values and possess a mission driven-sensibility is critical to our future success. “
On its website, Starbucks reported a “growing number of opportunities” for those with specialized talents. Those include supply chain, manufacturing or logistics roles.
As part of its program to aid veterans, Starbucks also plans to place community stores in military communities. At those stores, $10 of every transaction will go to programs that aid veterans and their families make the transition from military to civilian life.
The coffee store chain is also offering veterans a free, tall-brewed coffee on Monday, which is Veteran’s Day, for active military personnel, veterans and their spouses.
Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who was appointed to Starbucks’ board of directors last year, told CNN that the company wants to help veterans bridge the gap between military and civilian life.
“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,” Gates told CNN. “Over the next five years another million men and women will come out of the military and enter civilian life.”
Starbucks is one of a string of companies that have announced plans to hire more veterans. Those companies include Wal-Mart (which plans to hire 100,000 veterans by 2018), UPS and JPMorgan.
According to the Department of Labor, the unemployment rate for veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars is is 10.1%, compared to 7.2% for the nation as a whole.