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• Last week, MNB took note of a CNBC story about how Starbucks says that "since making a commitment that it would hire at least 10,000 veterans and military spouses by the end of 2018, it already has hired more than 8,000. And, "the Schultz Family Foundation has committed $30 million to help veterans with the challenges associated with transitioning successfully into the civilian workforce."

To be fair, there are a lot of companies out there that are doing the same thing. One of them is Amazon, and the Seattle Times had a story over the weekend about Ardine Williams, a captain in the U.S. Army Signal Corps during the 1980s, currently leads efforts there "to staff up Amazon Web Services, an Amazon division that has more than 6,000 jobs open worldwide, in the midst of a veritable war for talent among technology titans. She wants to open the door to as many veterans as she can who are a 'great fit,' she says, for the company."

The Times notes that one of the intriguing Amazon offerings is "a 10-week internship to armed-forces personnel on active duty about to transition out of the service."
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