Starbucks Planning To Hire More Veterans and Military Spouses
In 2013, Starbucks announced that it will hire more veterans and military spouses and will hire about 25,000 by the year 2025. The goal was met with enthusiasm especially after it exceeded its goal of hiring 10,000 personnel. This is not the first time the coffee giant has shown its support for the armed forces and the families of the brave men and women fighting on the frontlines. The chain also revealed that it is planning on opening 100 new locations which will be open to military communities for hiring purposes. In the next 2 years, Starbucks plans on adding 100,000 young recruits who either don’t have jobs or are in school. The coffee store chain also operates more than 30 military run family stores all of which are located near important military bases. These stores are used to support military communities across the country and also as gathering spots for veterans who wish to reconnect with society. The move has allowed Starbucks to help veterans transition successfully and acquire career opportunities that can support them while they recuperate from the ravages of war. For instance, Military Mondays is a partnership between the coffee giant and Veteran Service Organizations. It aims to provide legal support and other support services to war veterans and their families. Starbucks also takes care of military spouses by providing them Military Service Pay which covers about 80 hours of pay annually. The amount is given to families when service obligations take military personnel out of the country. Besides this, Starbucks’ Adopt a Unit program provides coffee to armed forces that are situated overseas. The Armed Forces network also offers support to veterans and their families and encourages its partners to extend their support as well. The coffee store chain realizes that the military provides inimitable support when it comes to protecting the country and strengthening communities. These brave individuals are also enthusiastic voters who are more likely to donate to charities and get in touch with public officials compared to those who have not served in the armed forces. Starbucks’ aim is to become a leading supporter for veteran rights, aid transitioning vets, their spouses, and their families. It does this by partnering with organizations which share similar values and who also want to aid military personnel in reconnecting with society. One of the programs it offers includes a scholarship to eligible US based military spouses. Called the Starbucks College Achievement Plan, the program also promises financial support to the children of people who are part of the armed forces. More than 4,000 people have already signed up for the program which is in partnership with ASU or Arizona State University. The university has over 1,000 family members of war veterans enrolled in its bachelor programs, and it also demonstrates a commitment to support families in the military any way it can. What is MyCAA? MyCAA or the Military Spouse Career Advancement Account is a scholarship program that provides educational grants to spouses of military veterans and military personnel on active duty. It is part of the DoD and its main goal is to aid spouses of people in the armed forces by helping them gain an education and access to employment opportunities that can help them grow their careers. Individuals who can complete the programs and who have military spouses who are on Title 10 orders are immediately eligible for the scholarship. The certification programs can last from 6 to 9 months but an online program can prove faster and more flexible. Military spouses who wish to go back to school, get a specific degree, and open new career opportunities should apply for the MyCAA scholarship. With access to more jobs, they can make more money to support their families, acquire work experiences, and support their spouse who is on active duty or incapacitated. The program pays for tuition, training courses, and exams that need to be cleared for anyone to acquire a degree or license. Spouses can take up any course that they want from any accredited school or any educational institution that is recognized by the Department of Education or the Department of Defense. Starbucks’s support for military personnel may just have created a chain reaction that could support veterans and their families for as long as they need it.