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Starbucks CEO Donates $30M to Help U.S. War Veterans
Townhall.com ^ | March 22, 2014 | Leah Barkoukis

Posted on 03/22/2014 5:00:14 PM PDT by jazusamo

Here’s something that will definitely make that $5 cup of coffee go down a little smoother: Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz announced Wednesday that he will be donating $30 million to help our war veterans.

The donation will mostly go toward traumatic brain injury and PTSD research, he told CBS News.

"[D]epending on who you’re talking to, 20, 30, 40 percent of the two million people who have served are coming back with some kind of brain trauma or [PTSD]. So we’re going to fund the opportunity for significant research and for medical practitioners and science to understand the disease and, ultimately, hopefully, come up with some — a level of remedy.”

He continued:

"The truth of the matter is, and I say this with respect, more often than not, the government does a very -- a much better job of sending people to war than they do bringing them home. 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."

Our veterans are learning important skills from their military experiences that not even the best business schools in the nation could teach. Schultz said these skills are incredibly valuable to any American business, institution, or enterprise. And he’s turning his words into action. Not only did he commit to the generous research donation, he also told CBS that Starbucks will hire 10,000 veterans or their spouses over the next five years.

“I think my responsibility now is I have seen things, and I've heard things and I've met these people and their families, and you just can't be a bystander,” he told CBS, recalling a recent visit to Walter Reed. “You have to do everything you can to tell their story and help them.”

Let us hope that other business leaders and companies follow suit.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2little2late; homosexualagenda; limolibs; starbucks; veterans; windowdressing

1 posted on 03/22/2014 5:00:14 PM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

God Bless him despite his politics!


2 posted on 03/22/2014 5:03:40 PM PDT by PROCON (Those who are capable of Tyranny are capable of Deceit to sustain it.)
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To: PROCON

My thoughts also.


3 posted on 03/22/2014 5:04:58 PM PDT by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: PROCON

Wasn’t this the same imbecile who said if we don’t support faggots, we should not drink Starbucks?

Starbucks CEO: If You Support Traditional Marriage, We Don’t Want Your Business

http://joemiller.us/2013/03/starbucks-ceo-no-tolerance-for-traditional-marriage-supporters/


4 posted on 03/22/2014 5:06:35 PM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company last election, and I laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: jazusamo

Well done Starbucks.


5 posted on 03/22/2014 5:08:55 PM PDT by LuvFreeRepublic
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To: max americana

That’s what a friend of mine told me about, too.

So, I haven’t spent one thin dime in their stores.

They closed 1,000 stores in one short period of time. Oh well.


6 posted on 03/22/2014 5:09:23 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: max americana

Even Libs get it right sometimes :-)


7 posted on 03/22/2014 5:11:23 PM PDT by PROCON (Those who are capable of Tyranny are capable of Deceit to sustain it.)
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To: PROCON

Don’t forget: libs think that soldiers are “victims” because they are told to kill (or some lib crap). If this clown had any real clout, he would have given to the Fisher House or other veterans groups but it came down to PTSD...


8 posted on 03/22/2014 5:14:45 PM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company last election, and I laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: F15Eagle

Whenever I’m in the airport, I skip Starbucks and go to the next store. I take McDonald’s or Dunkin Donuts every time.


9 posted on 03/22/2014 5:15:52 PM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company last election, and I laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: jazusamo

Schultz isn’t just the current CEO; he’s the guy that made it.

Another example of the Jewish exception to the rule that libs don’t give to charity.


10 posted on 03/22/2014 5:16:44 PM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: max americana

Almost like a statement then...

Look what we’re doing to our youth.


11 posted on 03/22/2014 5:16:54 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Immigration Reform is job NONE. It isn't even the leading issue with Hipanics. Enforce our laws.)
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To: max americana

Yeah, works for me. Besides, I always thought they were a rip-off anyways.

Some guys I know used to go there for coffee break in the 90’s. I never had their coffee but some other drink.

My boss made fun of the tip jar - “Please tip me for doing my job” - So, I put up a tip jar on the desk for laughs.


12 posted on 03/22/2014 5:18:51 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: max americana
Wasn’t this the same imbecile who said if we don’t support faggots, we should not drink Starbucks?

Does it really matter?

13 posted on 03/22/2014 5:20:15 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Was Occam's razor made by Gillette?)
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To: jazusamo

GOOD FOR HIM!
(now if only he could put a little taste into their coffee!)


14 posted on 03/22/2014 5:22:00 PM PDT by faithhopecharity ("H)
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To: max americana

I’ve never been in a Starbucks and never will but I sure don’t want him to take the $30 Mil back.


15 posted on 03/22/2014 5:22:00 PM PDT by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...
Tip money -- $30 million for research. How much did Starbucks spend pushing every last bit of its hateful liberal agenda? Too little, too late.
16 posted on 03/22/2014 5:23:28 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: jazusamo

That $30 mil is the entire collection of tip jars baristas make in a year.


17 posted on 03/22/2014 5:23:52 PM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company last election, and I laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: jazusamo

Well, that’s gonna piss of his customers.


18 posted on 03/22/2014 5:33:22 PM PDT by peggybac (My boss I respect, my father I revered. Chris Rock, Mr. Obama is NOT my boss or my father.)
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To: peggybac

Good one, I didn’t think of that. lol


19 posted on 03/22/2014 5:39:29 PM PDT by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: PROCON

Exactly!


20 posted on 03/22/2014 5:42:38 PM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: jazusamo

I would guess many vets are conservative and realize StarBux isn’t too keen of our armed forces, thus, knowing it may get him more business, such a donation was more political and financial based than from the heart.


21 posted on 03/22/2014 5:47:41 PM PDT by CincyRichieRich (Evil is evil; call it as it is.)
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To: jjotto

They shipped conexs full of Starbucks coffee to Iraq. We kept some boxes in the building I worked in the supply room. Besides the silver bulk espresso roast bags they’d send the seasonals during the holidays in 1 lb. bags.

For two years I made my auto-drip coffee with Starbucks espresso roast. No one else would drink it. They’d call it jet, fuel, etc.

It was greatly appreciated by the troops so give them credit.


22 posted on 03/22/2014 5:48:22 PM PDT by Justa
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To: max americana

Yo Bro, I’m not whining, but I still have PTSD or just bad dreams from a helicopter crash in Nam 44 years ago, the guy did a good thing, just saying...


23 posted on 03/22/2014 5:50:32 PM PDT by PROCON (Those who are capable of Tyranny are capable of Deceit to sustain it.)
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To: jazusamo

Has Starbucks become too political?


24 posted on 03/22/2014 5:56:51 PM PDT by Deagle (ues)
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To: jazusamo

Bravo!


25 posted on 03/22/2014 5:58:01 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: Deagle

Has Starbucks become too political? —your question


my answer -— probably yes indeed, but one thing I do know for SURE is that Star*ucks has become (always was, so far as I know) far, far, far too diluted!


26 posted on 03/22/2014 6:04:41 PM PDT by faithhopecharity ("H)
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To: jazusamo
They're coming home to an American public that really doesn't understand, and never embraced, what these people have done."

This does not sit well with me at all. I know there are many people that do feel this way, but there are many more that do understand, and embrace what they have done. Anyone that does not have a child like view liberals have understands that our military is the only reason the rest of us are free to sit down and have a cup of coffee.

It is not Starbucks that preserves our freedom. Just sounded snide from this guy, as if he didn't "understand and embrace" what they did.

Glad he donated the money but still think he is a jerk.

Saw this crap attitude after Vietnam, and it was wrong then and still wrong now.

27 posted on 03/22/2014 6:10:03 PM PDT by Tammy8
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To: Tammy8

I agree, he’s painting with a very broad brush because there are many that totally understand and it shows his liberal mindset.


28 posted on 03/22/2014 6:15:43 PM PDT by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: PROCON

God Bless him despite his politics!

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Agreed. And I will still boycott them.


29 posted on 03/22/2014 6:18:04 PM PDT by Bigg Red (1 Pt 1: As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.)
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To: PROCON

Thank you for your service, sir.


30 posted on 03/22/2014 6:21:17 PM PDT by Bigg Red (1 Pt 1: As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.)
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To: jazusamo

I don’t care why he did it or what he said about it. If it’s going to help veterans, then that is a very good thing.


31 posted on 03/22/2014 7:20:57 PM PDT by jodster36
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To: jazusamo

Regardless of his motivation, this is a worthy cause. Good for him.


32 posted on 03/22/2014 8:29:49 PM PDT by Girlene (Hey, NSA!)
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To: F15Eagle
My boss made fun of the tip jar - “Please tip me for doing my job” - So, I put up a tip jar on the desk for laughs.

At my last job, we set up a tip jar. When a developer would come in saying they needed some migrations done, we'd point to the jar. It was a joke, but we ended up with quite a bit of small change in there over the years.

33 posted on 03/22/2014 9:09:00 PM PDT by zeugma (Is it evil of me to teach my bird to say "here kitty, kitty"?)
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To: Justa
They shipped conexs full of Starbucks coffee to Iraq. We kept some boxes in the building I worked in the supply room. Besides the silver bulk espresso roast bags they’d send the seasonals during the holidays in 1 lb. bags.

For two years I made my auto-drip coffee with Starbucks espresso roast. No one else would drink it. They’d call it jet, fuel, etc.

It was greatly appreciated by the troops so give them credit.

They ship a lot of coffee to the troops. My wife worked at SB a few years ago, and was their primary charity and community person. We took hundreds of pounds to the troops passing through DFW on leave on several occasions. I give SB credit where it is due on that.

34 posted on 03/22/2014 9:12:01 PM PDT by zeugma (Is it evil of me to teach my bird to say "here kitty, kitty"?)
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To: jazusamo
donating $30 million to help our war veterans

OK....to whom is this 30 mil going too?


35 posted on 03/22/2014 10:19:27 PM PDT by darkwing104 (Forgive but don't forget)
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To: jazusamo

Never trust a Leftist, even when they are saving your hide. Don’t buy the propaganda, even though the gesture appears magnanimous. Starbucks CEO is still the exact same rabid social Leftist that he has always been. This is the “softening” technique that leftists often use on unsuspecting conservatives. There is a hook in this “bait” somewhere. Do not be so naive!

If DADT had never been repealed, and the military were not now in the clutches of vengeful, rabid homosexual Gestapo, don’t think for one minute that he’d be donating to these exact same veterans. He’d be working overtime against them.


36 posted on 03/22/2014 10:44:46 PM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: jazusamo

Politics or no, blessings on him for his gift to veterans. Whatever his motivations, I’ll judge the action itself.


37 posted on 03/23/2014 10:37:44 AM PDT by GAFreedom (Freedom rings in GA!)
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To: PROCON

No problem man. Excuse my hatred for lib phonies...


38 posted on 03/23/2014 11:21:51 AM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company last election, and I laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: PROCON
God Bless him despite his politics!

It is always better to praise our adversaries when they do something right, as is the case here, then bash them for their politics or accusing them of an ulterior motive.

No better way to get them to question themselves as to why we're praising them in the first place. That should encourage them to work on our side more.

39 posted on 03/23/2014 11:29:32 AM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: jazusamo
“I think my responsibility now is I have seen things, and I've heard things and I've met these people and their families, and you just can't be a bystander,” he told CBS, recalling a recent visit to Walter Reed. “You have to do everything you can to tell their story and help them.”

If only more people like him were moved to take action as he was. I say God Bless him for allowing himself to be moved to action. This is a wonderful thing he's doing.

I have a Starbucks in the building I work and occasionally stop down there in the afternoon for a tea. When I get back to work this week I'm going to be sure to let the folks who work there know that they have a heck of a CEO and tell them about this story.

I personally would be extremely proud of my CEO for doing something like this. It lets you as an employee know that you're also working and contributing to something much larger than a cup of coffee.

40 posted on 03/23/2014 11:37:54 AM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: Justa

Wouldn’t it be great if everyone stopped at a Starbucks tomorrow, bought a cup of coffee, tea or a bottle of water and said THANK YOU to Starbucks staff and told them about their CEO’s wonderful act of charity and compassion for our troops?

Maybe it’s me, but wouldn’t it be great if that inspired other CEO’s to perform similar acts of charity and compassion?

Yeah, I know -— that’s the idyllic side of me coming out. Still, wouldn’t it be great?!


41 posted on 03/23/2014 11:44:34 AM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: usconservative
If only more people like him were moved to take action as he was.

Amen to that, good post.

42 posted on 03/23/2014 11:47:50 AM PDT by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: PROCON
Yo Bro, I’m not whining, but I still have PTSD or just bad dreams from a helicopter crash in Nam 44 years ago, the guy did a good thing, just saying...

God Bless you and thank you for your service and sacrifice on behalf of our country.

There is help available for your PTSD. Suggest you look for a clinical psychologist who specializes in EMDR which has proven very successful for the treatment of PTSD.

Happy to discuss how it helped me via freepmail if you wish.

43 posted on 03/23/2014 11:52:59 AM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: jazusamo
White liberal guilt strikes again. Fashionable to have pity on vets as long as you have an anti-war slant to it. Too bad his money won't go to anyone who actually needs it.
44 posted on 03/23/2014 7:07:20 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: max americana
Bump.
45 posted on 03/23/2014 7:08:05 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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