Fort Walton Starbucks Provides Jobs to Military Families

FILE - This Dec. 20, 2010 file photo shows signage at a Starbucks store in New York's Times Square. Starbucks will start offering delivery within New York City's Empire State Building Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, giving office workers in the skyscraper the option of paying a $2 fee to avoid making a trip to the lobby. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
FILE - This Dec. 20, 2010 file photo shows signage at a Starbucks store in New York's Times Square. Starbucks will start offering delivery within New York City's Empire State Building Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, giving office workers in the skyscraper the option of paying a $2 fee to avoid making a trip to the lobby. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Another Starbucks store is added to the list as a military family store for the Starbucks company — this one is in fort Walton. It’s the 30th of its kind.

“I’ve worked for the company for five years now,” says Starbucks Manager and military spouse Lanae Harris.

“I saw that Starbucks had an initiative to hire military veterans and spouses, and it was just huge for me because I have such a passion for the military after being in for so long,” says Brandis Trionfo employee at Starbucks and military veteran.

Hiring veterans and military spouse us a commitment Starbucks has made since 2013, and the numbers speak for themselves.

“We’ve hired over seven thousand two hundred veterans and military spouses, we are almost three of a way near our goal, we’re ahead of schedule and it’s not going to stop at ten thousand,” says Starbucks Manger of Veteran and Military Affairs Team.

This program isn’t just about jobs at Starbucks, the company helps military families transition to their new lives.

“It can be really hard for veterans and military to find work after the military, or throughout all the moving that they do, to know that this huge company that provides so much for so many to know they are taking action to take care of veterans, I think it means a lot to people,” says Trionfo.

“We have not only just coworkers, but we can call these people our family, and we can come to these people for anything that we need,” says Harris.

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