In 1954, following World War II and the astounding mobilization of service members from all branches of the American military, the United States Congress changed the name of the previously established Armistice Day to Veterans Day in honor of American veterans of all wars.
We are privileged to join with our members, community, and country to celebrate and honor all American veterans for the courageous and committed service they have given on behalf of us all.
At Poudre Valley REA, we are especially grateful for our veteran employees whose military training and experience has resulted in a stack of assets that they now bring to our cooperative’s mission.
As one veteran employee says of his service, “it taught me to be dependable and reliable, and that hard work pays off.”
Across the board, our veteran employees bring a mindset of determination, conscientiousness, and adaptability that is highly valued by our organization.
Matt Truelove, Distribution Designer, reflects, “There were times during my service when I wasn’t sure how we would get something done; those challenging experiences taught me to never give up, to be a part of a team, to communicate well, and to work hard until you have achieved your goal.”
That kind of reliability and work ethic is in perfect alignment with our priority of providing reliable and efficient service to our members.
Veterans are community minded and are trained to work towards a common goal and social good. PVREA Construction and Maintenance Supervisor, Mike Kroells, who is actively serving in the South Dakota Army National Guard, says that he loves helping communities when they are in need. That internalized desire to serve goes hand-in-hand with what we are all about: serving our community to the best of our ability.
Our veteran employees bring a standard of leadership and excellence that dovetails fantastically with our mission.
We celebrate and honor our veteran employees for all they have done for our country, and for all they continue to do for our cooperative.
Thank you for your service.
Service: 2009-2015; Ft. Carson, CO; South Korea, Iraq, Afghanistan
Role at PVREA: Journeyman Lineman
Key lessons from his military experience: No matter the challenge, find a way to accomplish the mission; be a leader and have a problem-solving mindset.
Branch: Army National Guard
Service: Active member of the
South Dakota Army National Guard since 2001
Role at PVREA: Construction & Maintenance Supervisor
Key lessons from his military experience: Always be physically and mentally tough so you are prepared for any situation that arises.
Branch: U.S. Marine Corps
Service: 1997-2001; California,
Role at PVREA: Safety Director
Key lessons from his military experience: Do the right thing and conduct yourself with honor; be dependable, reliable, and work hard.
Branch: U.S. Marine Corps
Service: 1982-1986; 29 Palms, CA; Camp Lejeune, NC; Lebanon, Honduras, Japan, Korea
Role at PVREA: Groundman
Key lessons from his military experience: Be flexible
so you can adapt to different situations as they arise in the field.
Service: 2009-2013: Jacksonville, FL
Role at PVREA: Distribution Designer
Key lessons from his military experience: Work as a team, communicate well,
and never give up; keep working hard until you achieve the goal.