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Dear everyone: Please pass this along to anyone you know, this needs to get out in the open.Recently Marines over in Iraq supporting this country in OIF wrote to Starbucks because they wanted to let them know how much they liked their coffee and try to score some free coffee grounds.

In 2011, Starbucks provided over 220,000 3-packs of Starbucks VIA® to the USO for their care package program.Although Starbucks does not themselves directly donate to military personnel, they do get their coffee into the hands of those serving in the U. armed forces through their partnership with the USO.Now I ask that you all pass this email around to everyone you passed the last one to. As for what Starbucks has to say about the matter, they have long since refuted the rumor on their website, stating: On behalf of Starbucks’ more than 140,000 dedicated partners (employees), we want to set the record straight on an old rumor concerning Starbucks lack of support for the military and our troops.This rumor, dating back to 2004, claims a lack of Starbucks support for the U. Marines, and has evolved to include a lack of support for the British Royal Marines.According to the guidelines in place at the time, a request for coffee from soldiers serving overseas would have been turned down.

However, while it is true Starbucks as a corporate entity could not have donated coffee to java-seeking Marines, it would have passed along such a request to any number of its employees looking for military mailing addresses to send product to, as they has already done on many occasions.He talked things over with the Marine who had supposedly contacted Starbucks, and that, coupled with that night’s televised news about the goings on in Iraq, made his blood boil.He pounded out his thoughts into the form of an e-mail, which he mailed to ten of his friends.It is that e-mail which continues to circulate to this day. Wright has since learned that what he heard was in error, and he has subsequently tried to set things right by issuing the following retraction: Dear Readers, Almost 5 months ago I sent an email to you my faithful friends. I heard from word of mouth about how Starbucks said they didn’t support the war and all. They have personally contacted me and I have been sent many of their Company’s policy on this issue. Wright has been unable to produce the reply his buddy supposedly received from Starbucks, and the folks at Starbucks deny engaging in any correspondence on such matter prior to this rumor coming along.I was having enough of that kind of talk and didn’t do my research properly like I should have. So I apologize for this quick wrong letter I sent out to you. Given that no copy of the letter appears to exist, neither one resting in the hands of the Sergeant’s comrade, nor one residing in Starbucks’ files, the rumor about the java vendor’s harsh response to a coffee-hunting Marine should be dismissed.In less emotionally-charged times, the logic of such a policy is better understood, but the current climate makes it a dicey public relations proposition at best to say no to anything having to do with soldiers.