By Meghan Overdeep
April 26, 2017
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Starbucks continues to make good on its commitment to better serve those who serve our country. The coffee giant announced Tuesday that it had added five new Military Family Stores to its ranks, bringing the total up to 37 operating across the U.S.

According to the announcement, Military Family Stores are now open at Camp Mabry and Ft. Bliss in Texas, Fort Campbell in Tennessee, Rhode Island’s Naval War College, and Joint Base Hanscom in Massachusetts.

This latest move is part of Starbucks’ commitment to hire 25,000 Veteran and military spouses by 2025. The company has reportedly hired more than 10,000 Veteran and military spouses since 2013.

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“Service members and military spouses are the best example of engaged citizens. 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,” said John Kelly, Starbucks senior vice president, Social Impact & Public Policy, said in a statement. “We are honored to serve as a place where these American heroes can continue to impact their community in a positive way.”

Starbucks Military Family Stores are operated primarily by veterans and military spouses. Each store works with a non-profit organization (including Team Red, White & Blue, Blue Star Families and more) in the community to provide services for veterans and their families.

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"Military families move often and live far from family and friends," said Kathy Roth-Douquet, CEO of Blue Star Families, said in a statement. "We rely on outstanding partners like Starbucks in our communities across the country. Having a Military Family Store nearby means knowing that there is a welcoming environment to engage with neighbors and combat that sense of isolation."

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