Providing Veterans with the Tools to Succeed
Meet Matt, former Amphibious Assault Crew Chief in the United States Marine Corps Reserves, and current Military and Recruitment Program Coordinator for Dominion Energy. As a senior in high school, Matt enlisted in the military after encouragement from his father, a 44 year employee of Dominion Energy, and step-father, an Air Force veteran, as well as a persistent recruiter at his high school. Matt recognized that the Marines would provide him the challenges he was seeking following high school and the opportunities to serve and do something very meaningful. In the Marines, he worked with amphibious assault vehicles, and was responsible for transporting Marines ashore and providing support to them.
Because Matt was in the Marine Reserves and going to college at the same time, his transition to a civilian life and years later into a career at Dominion Energy was relatively easy. However, looking back, he realizes he had to work through some challenges that many don’t consider when thinking about military personnel and transitioning service members.
“While things are certainly improving, many people/employers do not think about individuals serving in the National Guard or Reserves and the challenges they may face. People also don’t often think about student veterans in college still serving in the National Guard or Reserves, or simply trying to manage a transition from the military to student life.”
Matt’s insight and passion has provided him the foundation he needs to serve as Dominion Energy’s current Military and Recruitment Program Coordinator. As such, he is responsible for managing the Troops to Energy Jobs program—and Dominion Energy’s partnership with the Virginia Values Veterans program, as well as anything else related to implementing or enhancing our efforts and processes for recruiting, hiring, and retaining military and veteran employees across the Dominion Energy footprint. Furthermore, Matt works at the state level and with schools to implement energy-specific curriculum and courses, which may provide clear education pathways for individuals to become qualified to pursue our industry’s careers.
Matt would recommend a career at Dominion Energy to anyone, but particularly a military person or veteran. “It’s an industry that aligns well with what many veterans experienced in the military, be it the structure, the type of work, the camaraderie and the family feel in many of our environments,” said Matt.
“Dominion Energy’s core values are also very closely aligned with that of our branches of military. We sincerely care about our employees and customers, but also work hard to provide our veteran employees with tools and resources that may help them focus on their day job and providing them for themselves and their families.”