The New York Times carried an interesting little story about what some vets are doing when they return home. It seems many have special skills that are being put to good use on the environmental front.
More and more veterans are entering the energy-efficiency sector. There are reasons for this. Many are experts at safety measures and running equipment, have engineering expertise, and want to work outdoors. There is even a new organization called Veterans Green Jobs that is training vets for jobs that work towards energy independence. Their website worth a peek.
Here is their mission:
Veterans Green Jobs is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization developing an unprecedented national initiative to offer creative and concrete solutions for three of the most urgent issues of our time: rebuilding a sustainable green economy; reversing deteriorating environmental conditions and climate change threats; and reengaging our nation’s nearly 2 million military service veterans who need meaningful new careers. The Veterans Green Jobs Academy™ provides job training and placement opportunities for military veterans in the emerging green industries. Veterans Green Jobs connects veterans with a wide range of complimentary resources to assist with establishing civilian careers.
The most prominent among the military personnel turned green is General Wes Clark who has been pushing for energy efficiency and a cleaner environment for years. General Clark currently co-chairs Growth Energy and in on the board of Juhl Wind. But it is also heartening to know that less-famous soldiers are headed for continuing their service to their country in a new capacity.