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Coffee chain to hire thousands of veterans

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Coffee chain Starbucks has announced plans to hire 10,000 veterans and military spouses over the next five years.

This comes after former Defense Secretary Robert Gates was appointed to Starbucks' Board of Directors last year.  The company's CEO, Howard Schultz, says Starbucks also plans to open five stores on or near military bases that will share profits with the local communities.

As a small gesture, all vets and their spouses will get a free coffee on Veterans Day.

Starbucks joins companies like UPS, JP Morgan and WalMart, which also plan to hire veterans.

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