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Vets Power Us program helping rural electric coops and veterans

Veterans and active military finding satisfaction in their careers
Published: Jan. 8, 2021 at 10:13 PM CST
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - Veterans and active service men and women can use their skills right here at home, continuing to serve others. A national program called “Vets Power Us,” is encouraging hiring and caring for veterans in public power careers.

John Sich and Zachary McMillan both deserve the country’s gratitude for serving our nation. They have that in common.

Sich is a veteran with the United States Marine Corp.
Sich is a veteran with the United States Marine Corp.(Courtesy Photo)

Sich is a veteran from the United States Marines Corp. His title: Fire Direction Control man for Field Artillery. His served America until 2004.

McMillan is a Specialist with the 295th Ordinance Company out of Kearney.
McMillan is a Specialist with the 295th Ordinance Company out of Kearney.(Courtesy Photo)

McMillan is active in the United States Army as a Specialist from the 295th Ordinance Company out of Kearney. He was deployed to Kuwait for nearly a year in 2017 and 2018.

Both Sich and McMillan have something else in common. They are both employed by Dawson Public Power District. Both are using skills learned in the military as they enjoy careers in the civilian world. Sich is a Construction Crew Foreman for DPPD, and McMillan is an Apprentice Lineman.

Sich agrees.

McMillan tells News 2 that there are a lot of jobs in the military that are hands on. He compares his time spent thus far in the military with the career at Dawson Public Power District that he hopes will last his lifetime. He tells others, that if you enjoy being outside, having a job that is hands on - being a lineman would be a good fit.

Sich says working in a crew creates cohesion and camaraderie. It’s a six man crew for Sich at Dawson Public Power District. Both he and McMillan like the small tight knit group, much as is experienced in military life.

And they get to continue serving the community.

More information on finding a job that helps a veteran easily transition from military life to that of a civilian can be found at the following links.

https://www.troopstoenergyjobs.com/roadmap/

https://www.electric.coop/vetspowerus/

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