After Starbucks announced its intention to hire 10,000 refugees over the next five years, a growing conservative backlash challenged the coffee giant for favoring hiring of immigrants over giving jobs to Americans. In particular, right-leaning commentators pointed out that many American veterans struggle to find employment after leaving the military and could benefit from a jobs placement program of such massive scope.
Starbucks pointed out that it was already executing a five-year campaign to hire 10,000 veterans and their spouses. The company reports that it has hired almost 9,000 veterans since the campaign started in 2013.
Doc Thompson isn't satisfied with this reply. Not only does he doubt Starbucks' figures are accurate, he questions why they should shift their focus to refugees when there are likely tens of thousands more veterans looking for work across the country. In order to bring attention to this vitally important issue, Doc initiated the social media hashtag #Hire10000Veterans to allow small business owners across the country to advertise job openings they're seeking veterans to fill. The hashtag quickly picked up steam, generating hundreds of responses on various social media platforms.
Learn more from Doc's Facebook Live below: