Supporting Our Veterans
AEP actively supports, recruits and hires military veterans, and educates, trains and prepares them to successfully transition into rewarding energy industry jobs. Veterans bring key skillsets to the workforce, including leadership, discipline, teamwork and reliability. They also bring a mindset of safety, which is a core value of AEP’s business, making them attractive recruits for our company.
In early 2017, AEP joined the U.S. Army Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS), a program designed to accelerate the transition of veterans to careers in the private sector.
In early 2017, AEP joined the U.S. Army Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS), a program designed to accelerate the transition of veterans to careers in the private sector. Through the PaYS program, active and reserve servicemen and servicewomen in the Army and Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) are matched with civilian job opportunities that require the skills acquired during their military service. Soldiers who qualify with a skills match are guaranteed an interview for the job by participating companies.
Nearly 11 percent of AEP’s 17,700 employees are military veterans, and 11 percent of AEP's new hires are veterans. Veterans tend to have the technical training, experience and personal characteristics that make them a great fit for careers in the energy industry. We hold open houses for veterans to learn about skilled craft positions within the company and watch live demonstrations of line mechanic work. They also get a preview of the different technologies used to operate the grid. We encourage veterans to actively seek and apply for jobs at AEP that match their training and skills.
We also support our military veterans through our benefits program. In early 2016, AEP amended its bereavement policy to allow military veterans and reservists paid time off to attend funeral services for a service member with whom they have served. We understand that a fellow service member is often as close as a family member, and the loss is deeply felt by our veterans. The policy change is in addition to AEP’s regular employee bereavement policy. We also provide paid leave for employees in the Reserves or National Guard who are ordered to active duty in emergency situations.
AEP’s Military Veteran Employee Resource Group (ERG) is another way we support our more than 1,800 active and veteran employees and contractors. The mission of the Military Veteran ERG is to promote the roles and contributions of veterans and active-duty military employees, provide professional development and networking opportunities for our members and serve as a liaison between AEP and the veteran and military communities.
We are proud of our work to support military veterans. AEP was one of six energy companies that developed the Troops to Energy Jobs initiative to provide veterans with a career map for jobs in the energy industry. AEP also participates in the Veteran Jobs Mission, which has grown to more than 200 companies. The coalition is committed to hiring veterans and has collectively hired more than 360,000 veterans since its inception in 2011.