What Everyone Needs To Know About Old Veterans

Robert Gehl reports Starbucks has been on the front line in the “culture wars,” often on the wrong side. But they’ve done good this time.

The omnipresent coffee chain is opening a chain of 37 “Military Family Stores,” staffed primarily by veterans and military spouses as a part of an effort to employ service members and their families.

In Clarksville, Tennessee, two miles from Fort Campbell, the first store opened as Shannon Feltz poured coffee for a group of veterans sitting at a table.

“Seventy-five percent of my business is the military,” 47-year-old Feltz, a 14-year military spouse whose husband is a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army, told Fox News. “We are so excited about this announcement.”

Feltz said she’s “never felt so supported by a company in my life.”

So far, two stores have opened in Texas, serving Camp Mabry in Austin and Ft. Bliss in El Paso, one in Rhode Island near the Naval War College, and another in Bedford, Massachusetts, just a few miles from Joint Base Hanscom.

What Else Is Starbucks Doing? The stores are part of a broader initiative to provide thousands of jobs to veterans and their family members – while also serving as de-facto community centers where current and former service members can connect, share stories, and support each other.

How Many Vets Will They Hire? The company said they’re committed to hiring 25,000 veterans and military spouses in the next eight years. They currently employ more than 10,000.

“Service members and military spouses are the best example of engaged citizens,” John Kelly, a Starbucks senior vice president, said.

“Long after leaving active duty, they continue to vote, volunteer and serve their communities at a high rate, serving as the best examples of citizenship,” Kelly said. “We are honored to serve as a place where these American heroes can continue to impact their community in a positive way.”

How Bad Is Veteran Unemployment? Fox News reports that about 453,000 veterans were unemployed in 2016. The unemployment rate of veterans for that year varied across the nation, ranging from 1.8 percent in Indiana to 7.6 percent in the District of Columbia. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development estimates that 39,471 veterans are homeless on any given night.

It’s good to see Starbucks try to turn their reputation around and do the right thing.

Written by TFPP Writer and published by the Federalist Papers Project ~ May 7, 2017.

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3 thoughts on “What Everyone Needs To Know About Old Veterans

  1. Osh

    …Starbucks….isn’t this the same outfit that said they wouldn’t hire anybody that wasn’t a homo? Right after the election. Isn’t this the same outfit that was being sued for ingredients in their coffee creamer a few months before that…??? Reputation shot….lol…look where that 1911 is pointed…Lets see what Starbucks actually DOES here…I’m interested if this turns out to be more than just noise…Otherwise, I put them on the same garbage scow as Target, headed for the mid Atlantic….
    …BUT, I do love that picture. I don’t know who those two guys are, but there is no mistaking what it says…”keep fighting no matter what” comes to mind first…I just have to stop, and pause in deep thought every time I see it…Thanks for posting……here’s one to go with it:
    http://www.military-quotes.com/forum/draft-guys-over-60-a-t92809.html
    “….New Direction for any war: Send Service Vets over 60!
    I am over 60 and the Armed Forces thinks I’m too old to track down terrorists.
    You can’t be older than 42 to join the military. They’ve got the whole thing ass-backwards.
    Instead of sending 18-year olds off to fight, they ought to take us old guys. You shouldn’t be able to join a military unit until you’re at least 35.
    For starters, researchers say 18year-olds think about sex every 10 seconds.
    Old guys only think about sex a couple of times a day, leaving us more than 28,000 additional seconds per day to concentrate on the enemy.
    Young guys haven’t lived long enough to be cranky, and a cranky soldier is a dangerous soldier. ‘My back hurts! I can’t sleep, I’m tired and hungry.’
    We are impatient and maybe letting us kill some a**hole that desperately deserves it will
    make us feel better and shut us up for awhile..
    An 18-year-old doesn’t even like to get up before 10am.
    Old guys always get up early to pee, so what the hell?
    Besides, like I said, I’m tired and can’t sleep and since I’m already up, I may as well be up killing some fanatical son-of-a-*****.
    If captured we couldn’t spill the beans because we’d forget where we put them. In fact, name, rank, and serial number would be a real brainteaser.
    Boot camp would be easier for old guys..We’re used to getting screamed and yelled at and we’re used to soft food. We’ve also developed an appreciation for guns. We’ve been using them for years as an excuse to get out of the house, away from the screaming and yelling.
    They could lighten up on the obstacle course however…
    I’ve been in combat and never saw a single 20-foot wall with rope hanging over the side, nor did I ever do any pushups after completing basic training.
    Actually, the running part is kind of a waste of energy, too… I’ve never seen anyone outrun a bullet.
    An 18-year-old has the whole world ahead of him. He’s still learning to shave, to start a conversation with a pretty girl. He still hasn’t figured out that a baseball cap has a brim to shade his eyes, not the back of his head.
    These are all great reasons to keep our kids at home to learn a little more about life before sending them off into harm’s way.
    Let us old guys track down those dirty rotten coward terrorists. The last thing an enemy would want to see is a couple million pissed off old farts with attitudes and automatic weapons, who know that their best years are already behind them.
    HEY!! How about recruiting Women over 50…
    in menopause!!! You think MEN have attitudes??
    Ohhhhhhhhhhhh my God!!!
    If nothing else, put them on border patrol.
    They’ll have it secured the first night!
    ok…raise your right hand
    no no dummy your other right hand !!!!….”
    …yes yes as my mama used to say: “Truer words….etc. etc…”

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