Vets Power Us
The Vets Power Us Initiative
We strongly believe that hiring and caring for veterans and military spouses strengthens our co-ops and our communities. That’s why we created the Vets Power Us initiative to:
- Help veterans find meaningful career opportunities within America’s electric cooperatives.
- Help co-ops recruit, hire and honor veterans.
What Is an Electric Co-op?
America’s not-for-profit, consumer-owned electric cooperatives provide service to 42 million people in 48 states.
They are dedicated to providing safe, reliable and affordable energy to consumer-members. Unlike investor-owned utilities, which seek to generate profit for outside investors, electric co-ops are owned by the people they serve and put their interests first. This fundamental difference shapes everything they do.
Why Join an Electric Co-op?
The co-op values and principles align perfectly with military values. Their community dedication and their co-op business model is what set them apart from other employers.
Tapping into a co-op opportunity comes with great advantages:
- Get access to a nationwide network of hundreds of electric co-ops.
- Co-ops are community-dedicated employers; concern for community is one of the Seven Cooperative Principles.
- Co-ops provide rewarding job opportunities, great benefit packages and competitive retirement plans.
- Co-ops recognize the value of women and veterans and welcome diversity in their workforce.
- Co-ops welcome veterans into the co-op family.
What Is the Co-op Difference?
Co-ops around the world operate according to a core set of principles that originated in 1844 from the first modern co-op. These principles, along with the co-op purpose of improving quality of life for their members, make electric co-ops different from other electric utilities.
- Open and Voluntary Membership
- Democratic Member Control
- Members’ Economic Participation
- Autonomy and Independence
- Education, Training and Information
- Cooperation Among Cooperatives
- Concern for Community
If you’re a veteran and the co-op principles resonate with you, look no further. Start your electric co-op career today!
- Co-op Jobs: Explore job opportunities at NRECA and at electric co-ops across the United States through NRECA’s Cooperative Career Center.
- Energy Jobs: Learn how to make a successful transition from the military to a rewarding career in the energy industry through the Center for Energy Workforce Development’s Troops to Energy Jobs Initiative.
Gain New Skills
- Find training programs, schools or college majors in any local area across the United States through careeronestop.com sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.
- Southeast Lineman Training Center is approved to certify veterans for post-9/11 GI Bill benefits, which will pay up to 100% of the program’s costs including a one-time stipend of $240 for books and supplies.