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EEI Celebrates Service Men and Women This Veteran’s Day
This Veterans Day, EEI’s member companies join the rest of America in saluting the brave men and women who have served our great country. 

Electric companies across the nation have a longstanding history of hiring military veterans who possess unique skills and share experiences that make them highly qualified candidates for a number of jobs within the industry. 
 
For many service members, transitioning to civilian life can be a challenge. At the same time, many of the skills and abilities that our veterans learn in the military are highly suited to the energy industry, including a focus on safety, coordination, and civic-mindedness.
 
Working with our nation’s energy companies, the Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD) created the Troops to Energy Jobs program to help military veterans transition to successful careers In the energy industry. 

While speaking at the annual Veterans in Energy Forum in September, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, a U.S. Air Force veteran, discussed the energy industry’s growing population of military veterans. "I don’t think there’s a place any more exciting to work than the energy sector right now,” said Secretary Perry. "It’s a great time to be an American, it’s a great time to be in the energy sector, and it’s a great time to be a veteran.’’
 
There are many similarities between a career in the military and a career in energy. While both fields can be physically and mentally demanding and can require long hours, their extensive military experiences and skills can help veterans become highly successful in energy jobs that are active, hands-on, and rewarding in an industry that is continuously growing. 
 
EEI President Tom Kuhn—himself a veteran of the U.S. Navy—led a panel discussion with electric company CEOs at the Veterans in Energy Forum focused on the deepening connections between the energy industry and the national security community. “Energy is a business that is doing such an incredibly vital service for our country,” said Kuhn. “When I got out of the military, I thought my role in national defense might be over. But everyone on this stage now has to have a security clearance to do their job.”

Hiring highly qualified veterans is increasingly important, not only as a sign of commitment to our troops and to the security of our nation’s energy grid, but as part of the industry’s commitment to a diverse workforce.

By helping our talented and dedicated veterans make a successful transition to careers in the energy industry, we are working to power America’s energy future.


 
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