Free Starbucks Coffee for Veterans & Military on Veterans Day
Starbucks Offers Veterans & Military Free Coffee This Veterans Day
Starbucks announced that they will offer a free cup of coffee for all veterans and military members and their spouses this Veterans Day, November 11th, 2023.
This year they have added iced coffee as an option!
What is the Starbucks Veterans Day offer?
Free tall (12-oz) hot brewed or iced coffee at participating U.S. Starbucks stores.
Who’s eligible to receive free coffee from Starbucks?
- Service Members
- Military Spouses
But it’s not just about free coffee. They’ll also be helping charities that help veterans.
Helping Charities that Help Veterans
“This Veterans Day, Starbucks is honoring those who have served with a free tall hot brewed coffee for veterans, military service members and military spouses at participating U.S. Starbucks stores on Nov. 11. In addition, Starbucks is donating $100,000 each to Team Red, White & Blue and Travis Manion Foundation to support the Veteran community.”
In 2022, Starbucks donated $100,000 to both Team Red, White & Blue, and Team Rubicon.
Team Red, White & Blue
At Team RWB, their mission is “to enrich the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity.” To help the nation’s 250,000 service members who transition each year, Team RWB seeks to help with a myriad of issues ranging from isolation, weight gain, lack of purpose, and other health issues.
Their local chapters deliver consistent and inclusive opportunities for veterans and the community to connect through physical and social activity. They regularly host:
- Fitness activities
- Social gatherings
- Community service events
In addition, they seek to develop strong connections between veterans and their local community.
As a veteran who transitioned almost seven years ago, I can attest that these issues are real and problematic for our nation’s heroes. Organizations like Team RWB can make all the difference in the world to the transition to civilian life.
Travis Manion Foundation
Travis Manion Foundation (TMF) unites communities to strengthen America’s national character by empowering Veterans and families of fallen heroes to develop and lead future generations. TMF was established to honor the life and legacy of 1st Lieutenant Travis Manion (United States Marine Corps) who gave his life in Iraq in 2007. The five words he spoke before leaving for his final deployment, “If Not Me, Then Who…” have become the foundation for the organization’s focus on selflessness and character. Guided by this mantra, TMF programming focuses on investing in the mental health and well-being of Veterans and families of the fallen so they can move forward in developing character among youth and serving communities at large.
The Stigma of Mental Health Care
I applaud the efforts and generous contributions pledged by huge companies like Starbucks to help our nation’s military community. Veteran suicide is a national crisis. We have many brothers and sisters-in-arms who struggle each and every day to cope with their military experiences.
When I served as an infantryman in the Army, I used to believe that talking to the “head doctors” was a sure sign of weakness that could end someone’s career. I never kept Soldiers from seeking care, but I didn’t go myself. That is, until I left the service. Sometimes, you just need someone to talk to. So, I encourage anyone who’s reading this to reach out to these and many other fantastic organizations. These organizations are here to help us cope with our pasts.
If you don’t know where to look, start with the Veterans Crisis Line. They offer 24/7 support if you just need to talk to someone. Many of the counselors are themselves veterans and identify with your struggles. Reach out in these different ways:
- Call 1-800-273-8255
- Chat Online
- Text to 838-255
- They also offer support for the deaf and hard of hearing
There are many resources available to you. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to someone.
Don’t Forget Your Free Coffee from Starbucks this Veterans Day
So enjoy your free coffee courtesy of Starbucks for military, veterans, and military spouses this Veterans Day, November 11th.
(Image courtesy of Starbucks Multimedia)
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