Schultz Family Foundation Commits $30 Million To Help Veterans Navigate The Challenges Of Returning To Civilian Life

 Schultz Family Foundation Commits $30 Million To Help Veterans Navigate The
                   Challenges Of Returning To Civilian Life

Foundation announces creation of Onward Veterans to invest in America's
veterans through wellness research, job training and transition programs

PR Newswire

SEATTLE, March 24, 2014

SEATTLE, March 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Schultz Family Foundation
announced a $30 million commitment to help America's veterans overcome the
challenges of returning to civilian life and maximize their skills for
America's businesses and communities. Since 2001, approximately 2 million
veterans have returned from active duty, and over the next five years another
million service members will join them. Through Onward Veterans, the Schultz
Family Foundation is dedicated to ensuring this influx of talent receives the
support they need to lead healthy and productive lives.

"Returning veterans are a huge economic opportunity for America," said Howard
Schultz, Schultz Family Foundation co-founder and Starbucks chairman,
president and ceo. "The diverse skills and abilities, and impressive work
ethic that veterans gain from their military experience can be game-changers
for our businesses and communities. But these heroes face obstacles in
returning to civilian life and will need our help before they can help all of
us yet again."

Onward Veterans will focus on three of the greatest barriers veterans face in
transitioning back into civilian life: their health, their employment, and the
reintegration of their families. As part of this commitment, the Foundation
will invest resources to better understand and evaluate Post Traumatic Stress
and Traumatic Brain Injury research and alternative treatments; develop
specialized job training and placement programs that put veterans on paths to
successful, sustainable careers; and develop comprehensive transition
programming for veterans and their families. The Foundation is working in
partnership with a variety of veterans service programs.

"These men and women have developed valuable skills and have shouldered
incredible responsibilities," said Schultz Family Foundation co-founder Sheri
Schultz. "As a million veterans transition into civilian life over the next
five years, we have a small window of time to ensure that they receive the
assistance they need and deserve."

About the Schultz Family Foundation
Since 2000, the Schultz Family Foundation has focused on unlocking potential
in populations facing temporary barriers to success, including disconnected
youth and veterans. The Foundation's latest commitment to veterans follows a
commitment made by Starbucks in November to hiring 10,000 veterans and
military spouses over the next five years. For more information about the
Foundation and its work: schultzfamilyfoundation.org

Contact:

Graham Buck
gbuck@ssk.com
(212) 419-3354

Jennifer Barr
jbarr@ssk.com
(212) 419-3323

SOURCE Schultz Family Foundation

Website: http://www.schultzfamilyfoundation.org
 
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