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Starbucks CEO Donates $30 Million To Researching PTSD In Veterans

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04/05/2014 6:52 pm
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Starbucks CEO Donates $30 Million To Researching PTSD In Veterans
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Unfortunately, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a common effect of war, and a significant portion of soldiers returning home from combat suffer from it. More than 150,000 cases were recorded amongst members of the U.S. army from 2000 to 2014 as the Iraqi and Afghanistan conflicts have gone on, according to the Congressional Research Service. Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has decided to donate $30 million for PTSD and brain trauma research linked to veterans. Schultz has openly criticized the government for neglecting to properly care for returning soldiers. "These young men and women who are coming home from multiple deployments are not coming home to a parade. They're not coming home to a celebration. They're coming home to an American public that really doesn't understand, and never embraced, what these people have done," he said. Starbucks made the announcement last winter that they were planning on hiring 10,000 army veterans and spouses of those serving in the military. Schultz said that returning soldiers are "extraordinarily valuable to any business, any institution, any enterprise", and that they'd not only be given barista positions, but would be leading teams and working in management as well when hired. Considering the soldiers spent so much time overseas, the new employees would also "offer international experience and foreign language skills" that Starbucks would welcome.

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