Veteran Energy is an electricity provider in Texas with a difference. More than 90 percent of the workforce of this Houston-based company is made up of veterans, while 85 percent are disabled veterans. Veteran Energy’s business strategy to hire veterans was honored with the coveted DAV (Disabled American Veterans) Small Employer of the Year Award in 2016.
The company is making a difference in the lives of those who put everything on the line for the sake of the country. “I’m grateful Veteran Energy is helping ensure the promise our country made to the men and women who served is kept,” said DAV National Commander Moses A. McIntosh Jr. Since 2010, Veteran Energy has been active in the commercial, industrial and residential electricity sectors across Texas and has allocated a percentage of every customer’s bill to the veteran support organization.
To equip veterans with technical skills, an exhaustive training program is conducted for new recruits. “They know that hiring veterans isn’t an act of charity, it is smart business,”, said McIntosh Jr.
In collaboration with the local Department of Veterans Affairs offices and city leaders, Veteran Energy is helping both transitioning veterans and vulnerable veterans to make seamless use of electricity services. “It is truly a social enterprise and our mission is vital to this community,” said Kevin Barber, an Army veteran and founder of Veteran Energy. “It’s about assisting that combat Army veteran and mother of two children who has her lights turned off and can’t pay the bill,” said Barber.
Veteran Energy provides electricity in all deregulated energy service areas of Texas, including Houston, Dallas-Ft. Worth, west Texas, south Texas and the Valley. The company serves homes and businesses using a wide range of Texas utilities, including Oncor, CenterPoint, AEP North, AEP Central and Texas-New Mexico Power (TNMP).
Note: The news story was originally published at https://www.dav.org/learn-more/news/2016/veteran-energy-honored-employing-assisting-veterans/