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www.fueloilnews.com | FUEL OIL NEWS | JULY 2018 25 G erry Brien and Jesse Lord have been on tour, traveling far and wide, talking up Vets2Techs, the group that they and others launched last year to connect veterans and employers. But they emphasize the organization's pur- pose goes beyond simply finding veterans to help fill positions. The organization aims to serve as a comprehensive resource to help fuel oil and propane industry companies with the process of identifying, recruiting, hiring, and training veterans, they say in a proposal to the National Oilheat Research Alliance. Vets2Techs is proposing to form an alliance with the Alliance. They note in their proposal to NORA that there are a number of training programs available that companies and the industry are not taking full advantage of. Capitalizing on such programs "could translate into thousands of dollars in savings" for employers, the Vets2Techs founders say. Additionally, there are benefits available to veterans that many employers don't know about, such as apprenticeship programs, health care ben- efits, additional training, and tax deductions, they say. Despite its name, Vets2Techs is not limiting itself to helping fill one category or type of job in the industry. The jobs the organiza- tion has helped fill run the gamut from technicians to delivery drivers to sales and management. Employers can post open positions on the Vets2Techs website, and veterans seeking employment log in. Further, dealers can search by zip code for job-seeking veterans. There were 450,000 veterans seeking employment in 2017, accord- ing to the group. During a talk before the Hudson Valley Oil and Energy Council in April, Lord observed that safety is the top priority in working with propane and drew a parallel: Safety is the top priority in military training and military life, too. "Before you wake up in the morning, you do a risk assessment," joked Lord, a veteran himself. Employers can go to Vets2Techs.com and register to start posting jobs. For questions, contact: info@vets2techs.com. The Vets2Techs office is at 600 State St., Portsmouth, N.H. The phone number is 617-590-5689. Brien of Boston Environmental, Portsmouth, N.H., Lord of A.R.M Solutions, with corporate offices in Camarillo, Calif., and Leo Verruso of Advanced Fuel Solutions, North Andover, Mass., are among founders of the organization. l F O N Vets2Techs Connects Veterans and Employers

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