(WTVM) - 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 the company's board of directors last year.
Starbucks also plans to open five stores on or near military bases that will share profits with the local communities.
The CEO added as a small gesture, all vets and their spouses will get a free coffee on Veterans Day.
Starbucks joins companies like UPS, J.P. Morgan and Wal-Mart, who also plan to hire veterans.