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White House Champions of Change- Veterans Advancing Clean Energy & Climate Security

2013 November 12

By Tania Allen

This was my first time attending an event remotely close to the White House, and the fact that it was to recognize work being done by veterans was even more special for me. I was excited!

Entering the Eisenhower Executive Office Building of the White House for the “Veterans Advancing Clean Energy & Climate Security” within a few days from Veterans Day was an honor. It was a reminder of the purpose for the work I do every day, helping veterans to transition from military service into federal employment. A reminder that the experience gained during active duty is easily translatable into the civilian word and that there is lots to be gained.

The honorees included 12 veterans from different branches of the military making a difference in the areas of clean energy and climate security for future generations. The common theme had to do with decreasing our dependence on foreign sources of energy.

 One of the honorees, Captain Adam Cote, was actually calling in to the meeting from Afghanistan. The focus of his company was thermal energy and energy storage technology. This expertise is sure to impact our future generations.

The other honorees included Dave Belote, Robin Eckstein, Philip Green, Avi Jacobson, Kevin Johnson, Joseph Knott, Joseph Kopser, Nat Kreamer, Andrea Marr, Elizabeth Perez-Halperin and Drew Sloan.

The work being done by those within our Agency mirrors the commitments of these honorees. Our commitment to protecting the environment is the mission of our agency and we are fulfilling this mission by increasing our veteran hiring over the years. We have doubled our veteran hiring over the past six years and we continue to improve because we understand the value that our veterans bring to the civilian workforce.

As the honorees proved all a veteran needs is an opportunity. I believe President Barack Obama said it best, “If you can lead a platoon in a war zone, you can lead a team in the board room.”
For more information on the EPA’s Veterans Employment Program, please click HERE.

About the author: Tania Allen serves as the Veterans Employment Program Manager in the Office of Human Resources and Human Capital Management Division for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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3 Responses leave one →
  1. Arman.- permalink
    November 12, 2013

    Veterans : Not Change……!!!

    In U.S. and especially in my country, The Veterans are not change in their spirit : “Patriotism….”!. Veteran is choose of life who they want. They don’t care that anywhere die, and they don’t care that anywhere they done. Congratulations to The White House which give honor to Them, because in my country wasn’t it, or just a little…………….(?).

  2. alex permalink
    November 12, 2013

    The EPA’s Veterans Employment Program is doing great work. I think that all federal agencies need programs like this. I know a lot of them already do but i think all of them need a great program like this. It is true that Veterans have a lot of great skills that can be used in the “real” world. Yet there are thousands of veterans that return to the United States and do not have a job and do not ever get a job they deserve. As you can tell the veterans working with the EPA are doing remarkable work and are still looking out for their country’s best interests.

    I also believe that the United States needs to become energy independent. By becoming energy independent we are improving our national security and our economy. Now, I am not saying that we need to drill into or own lands and ruin the ecosystems around them but we are turn to renewable energy sources. This might be an expensive investment but it will be worth it in the end.

  3. KaylenH permalink
    November 17, 2013

    A lot of veterans have a difficult time adjusting to civilian life, especially when they don’t have jobs. Having jobs allows them to adjust and to use their military knowledge. In the military, the men and women specialize in their field, so when they come back to civilian life they can use those specialized skills to help America. The United States can use the veteran’s knowledge to become more environmentally friendly. I commend the EPA for hiring so many veterans. EPA is doing a great thing for veterans and for America.

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