SRP Veterans: A critical workforce

SRP Veterans: A critical workforce was originally published on July 24th, 2019. SRP recognizes veterans as a critical part of our workforce year-round, but especially on Veteran’s Day, we honor those who have served past and present.

Steve Lopez, Senior Director of Customer Strategy and an Army National Guard veteran, accepted the VMLC award on behalf on SRP on Nov 8.

UPDATED: Nov 15, 2019

Honoring SRP veterans in the community and in the workplace

On Nov. 8, just ahead of Veterans Day, the Veterans Medical Leadership Council (VMLC) honored SRP with its Brigadier General Tom Browning Community Heroes Award.

Steve Lopez, Senior Director of Customer Strategy and an Army National Guard veteran, accepted the award on behalf of SRP at the VMLC’s 17th Heroes Patriotic Annual Luncheon. Navajo Code Talker Peter MacDonald was the keynote speaker for the event, which honored veterans and military service members in Arizona.

“SRP is a great company and they value the leadership skills that you gain in the military. The military offers unique experiences and leadership opportunities that many private employers cannot offer.”

– Adam Douglas

VMLC ensuring care for veterans

SRP has been a longtime supporter of the organization, which serves Arizona veterans and works with the Phoenix VA Medical Center to identify and assist veterans in critical situations. Last year, the VMLC assisted 900 veterans and their families with financial assistance for rent, utilities, transportation (including auto repairs), food and other needs.

Specifically, SRP provides resources to the VMLC that help fund programming. One such program is the VMLC’s Returning Warrior Program, which provides support with expenses that threaten the stability of veterans’ lives and that are not provided by government assistance programs.

Image shows a group of troops holding an SRP banner.

There are 22 million veterans of the U.S. armed forces, most of whom are able and ready to engage in the workforce.

Beyond financial support for veteran causes such as the VMLC, SRP also focuses heavily on hiring current and former military members. It seeks out ways to recruit, hire, train and support these heroes in their careers.

Tools for veterans to match their skills to SRP employment opportunities

“I came to SRP because I wanted work-life balance, stability and benefits,” said Eamonn Urey, SRP Program Manager and a master sergeant in the Army Reserve. “What I found was that it is also a great place for people who want a lot of structure and a place to think, have an opinion and be heard.”

Today, close to 10% of the SRP workforce is composed of veterans, active guards and reservists. They are filling the critical roles of mechanic, electrician, zanjero and more.

Knowing the value of aligning military experience with private-sector jobs, Urey helped architect SRP’s Military to SRP Jobs database. The tool enables those who’ve served to search for roles at SRP based on their unique skills.

“You select that you were in the Navy, for example, and you search ‘turbine,’” he said. “You get back a list of SRP jobs that use that skill — turbine mechanic, steam and pipefitters, etc. We are always looking for people for those roles at SRP.”

Supporting active guards and reservists

SRP’s work with the armed services goes beyond hiring veterans.

The company also provides benefits that support active guards and reservists, such as full pay during deployment.

Adam Douglas, a captain in the Arizona Army National Guard, recently returned from a yearlong deployment in Afghanistan.

“The support I received while I was deployed was phenomenal,” said Douglas, a Regional Warehousing Manager at SRP. “I received care packages and texts on a regular basis, which allowed me to stay connected to my SRP family. My pay and benefits continued while I was deployed, which allowed me to completely focus on the mission and not worry about whether or not my finances were being taken care of back home.”

SRP veterans add value to the workforce

Investing in people like Douglas has a clear value. Those in the armed services are trained beyond just their job in the service. They’re also trained in soft skills, such as leadership.

Douglas explained, “SRP is a great company and they value the leadership skills that you gain in the military. The military offers unique experiences and leadership opportunities that many private employers cannot offer.”

SRP believes in hiring Americans who have served and recognizes the value military service members bring to our workforce as we innovate to meet the changing needs of our customers now and in the future. If you are a veteran interested in joining SRP, learn more about jobs for service members and veterans.

Melissa

Melissa

Melissa is a communications consultant on SRP's Community, Communications and Marketing team. A transplant who moved to Phoenix with her husband, Melissa lives in an historic home and adores all things dogs and travel (especially when combined). She can found most often hiking an Arizona trail with her rescue cattle dog mix.

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