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EEI Celebrates Service Men & Women This Veterans 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 programs the Troops to Energy Jobs program to help military veterans transition to successful energy careers. offer opportunities that support veterans. While speaking recently at the annual Veterans in Energy Forum, EEI President and U.S. Navy veteran Tom Kuhn noted that “the electric power industry has had success hiring veterans because they have a sense of mission and teamwork.”

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.

Hiring highly qualified veterans also is increasingly important, not only as a sign of commitment to our troops, but also as an important consideration to the industry’s commitment to a diverse workforce. In fact, in recent years, military veteran hiring has accounted for more than 10 percent of new hires within the industry.
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.

Learn more about CEWD, Troops to Energy Jobs, and Veterans in Energy