“Our men and women are going overseas to do what the country asked them to do. It makes a really big difference for veterans if you let them know you care about them. It makes you feel good.”
~Roger Staubach, U.S. Navy veteran, legendary Dallas Cowboys quarterback and successful businessman
In 1964, Roger Staubach was a 10th-round NFL draft pick, considered by many to be a risk because he still owed the Naval Academy five years of service. But he balanced his commitments, volunteering for a one-year tour of duty in Vietnam and working out with the Dallas Cowboys during leaves. He went on to lead the Cowboys to two Super Bowl wins and build a successful commercial real estate business.
In a ceremony honoring our company’s veterans, Staubach credited his time in the Navy with shaping him as a leader and enabling his achievements. That’s something we at EFH, Luminant and TXU Energy can relate to and appreciate. We proudly support the nearly 15 percent of our employees who balance commitments to powering Texas and protecting America.
“I am honored by the bonds of service you and I share,” says CEO John Young, a former Naval engineering officer. “Together, we have worn the uniform of the United States armed forces, united in our service to this nation. And today, as colleagues at this great company, we are linked in service to the consumers who depend on us.”
We are privileged to help many veterans in their career development and transition to civilian life through our partnership with American Corporate Partners’ veterans mentoring program. We believe recruiting, hiring and retaining employees with military service – and the qualities of leadership, maturity, excellence, respect, quick decision making and integrity that are developed with that service – makes good business sense. That’s why the CEOs of our three companies recently reaffirmed our advocacy of employee active participation in the military by signing the Employer Support of the Guard Reserve’s Statement of Support.
Our employees help show our appreciation each year by creating and sending more than 1,500 holiday cards to troops overseas. We’re honored to welcome senior veterans to exclusive fishing events on Luminant’s water reservoirs every fall. And we can’t thank military spouses and families enough for the sacrifices they make.
Today, as our nation pays tribute to some 23 million veterans, the people of EFH, Luminant and TXU Energy – many veterans themselves – are at The Salvation Army’s Carr P. Collins Social Service Center in Dallas to refurbish facilities that provide transitional housing and support services to local veterans. Roger Staubach will join us in serving lunch to the 110 patriots served by the center and will discuss his focus on providing access to jobs and financial stability for veterans. It’s our honor and privilege to lend our support to those who sacrifice so much.