Thank you, Veterans


As we approach Veteran’s Day, Saturday, November 11, we’d like to thank all who are serving and who have served our nation. The Veteran’s Day holiday dates to 1926, when Congress passed a resolution calling for Nov. 11 to be remembered annually, “with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations.”

We are honored to have about 1.3 million veterans working in the American energy industry.

Veterans boast extensive technical and nontechnical skills gained through military experience and training. Many of these skills are directly applicable to the oil and gas industry, making it an ideal industry for transitioning service members and veterans. Based on 2014 average annual wage data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (the most recent available), the average pay in the oil and gas industry is nearly $50,000 higher than the U.S. average. Read more about Veterans and opportunities in the field of energy in a recent publication.

ConocoPhillips honors our former military employees through a variety of sponsored events and activities throughout the year. Our Patriot Employee Network (PEN) engages employees and their families in supporting our troops, wounded heroes and families of those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Some of PEN’s activities include:

  • Recognizing and honoring contributions made to our country.
  • Facilitating discussion about those who serve and their contributions to our country.
  • Involving employees in the community by assisting local military-friendly organizations.
  • Supporting the company’s efforts to recruit and retain former service members.
  • Organizing “buddy system” pairing for incoming veteran employees.
  • Engaging in ongoing events and activities such as planting flags, sending letters and care packages, arranging networking events, participating in military-related recruiting, and more.

Know a veteran ready for a career change? The Veterans Energy Pipeline website was developed by the American Petroleum Institute (API) to help facilitate employment of transitioning service members and veterans in the oil and natural gas industry.


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