TVA Presented Freedom Award in Washington D.C. Ceremony
September 25, 2012
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Valley Authority was among 15 companies and organizations honored Friday in Washington D.C. for going above and beyond the call of duty to support their deployed Guard and Reserve employees.
TVA was recognized as a recipient of the prestigious Secretary of Defense Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Freedom Award in a ceremony at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.
Tom Kilgore, TVA President and CEO, and Wes Wingo, TVA Veteran Affairs Manager, accepted the award for TVA. The honor is the Department of Defense’s highest recognition to employers for exceptional support of U.S. Armed Forces Guard and Reserve employees.
Keynote speaker for the event was Erin C. Conaton, the Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness.
TVA has 127 employees serving in the Guard or Reserves, including 15 now deployed on military duty, as well as 1,798 other military veterans in its workforce.
TVA also implements several programs and initiatives to support Guard and Reserve employees. These include:
- Sending 4,000 care packages last year to service members overseas.
- Requiring supervisor training on military employment and reemployment laws, and posting these policies in employee break rooms and company newsletters.
- Supporting a military hiring strategy, participating in military job fairs and offering a Helmets to Hardhats program that connects veterans to construction careers.
- Sponsoring an annual Veterans Celebration to publicly recognize and celebrate the service of TVA veterans, Guard and Reserve employees.
- Providing $10,000 payments to survivors of any reservist killed in the line of duty while on active duty.
The Tennessee Valley Authority, a corporation owned by the U.S. government, provides electricity for business customers and distribution utilities that serve 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states at prices below the national average. TVA, which receives no taxpayer money and makes no profits, also provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists utilities and state and local governments with economic development.
Mike Bradley, Knoxville, (865)632-8860
TVA Public Relations, Knoxville, (865) 632-6000