GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Senator Cory Gardner visited the Western Region One Source Center earlier today to observe what resources the new building has to offer veterans.
Veterans make up about 11.5% of the wind and solar workforce, making this initiative a high priority for the region.
Since many veterans have obtained unique qualifications from military education and experience, this Energy Ready Vets Program aims to provide veterans good-paying jobs.
Gardner said about his visit, "This center is an incredible opportunity for us to put more resources together for veterans, whether it's the VA bash program, other VSO needs, the state's veteran's service officers and to have various organizations represent veteran's interests...so, the VA readiness initiative is about making sure that we are ready to receive people that are coming out of active duty service and into the civilian sector."
The U.S. military has been a leader in developing clean energy technology, and this initiative boosts veteran's chances to gain valuable, clean energy occupations throughout the region.