More than 100 armed service veterans attended the USO’s RP/6 Veteran Transition Luncheon at CPS Energy’s Villita Assembly Building last week. The program provides personalized support services to help veterans and their families create a plan for life after military service as they transition into civilian life.
As the host for the monthly luncheon, CPS Energy highlighted the professional opportunities available and conducted several development workshops for veterans to sharpen their interviewing skills and learn about networking via social media.
The USO RP/6 program is aptly named and has its roots in the military’s values of looking out for each other. In the armed forces, “I’ve got your six” means “I’ve got your back.”
The term comes from aviation whereby one pilot flies directly behind another in the protective six o’clock position to ward off danger. The name “RP” derives from the military coinage of “rally point” or civilian “one-stop-shop.”
Adjusting to life outside the military can be challenging, as veterans accustomed to a regimen of strict discipline, intense teamwork, well-defined purpose and daily camaraderie face life’s next chapter.
That’s why CPS Energy, which employs around 300 military veterans, partnered with the USO to host the event.
CPS Energy’s President and CEO Paula Gold-Williams kicked off the program with a keynote that tapped into her family’s military experience.
“My father served in the military for 22 years, my brother for 24,” said Williams to a crowd of about 125 people. “As the product of a military background, I always felt so well taken care of–it’s been with me my entire life.”
Williams compared CPS Energy’s mission to that of those who serve the military. “Our missions don’t stop. We serve the community 24/7/365,” she said, encouraging those in the audience to seek out appropriate opportunities at the country’s largest municipally owned electric and gas utility.
A prime example of such outreach is Aimee Victoria, an Air Force spouse for more than 16 years, who traveled around the globe before landing back in San Antonio to work at CPS Energy.
“All my past experience comes together in this role,” said Victoria. “The USO RP/6 program helped me realize my potential, and CPS Energy gave me the opportunity to act on that and lead. I am very grateful for that.”
The USO’s RP/6 luncheons are held monthly and hosted by local businesses.
If you’re a veteran business owner and are looking for a new opportunity, visit the Bexar County Business Conference taking place tomorrow. President & CEO Paula Gold-Williams will talk about veteran-, as well as small- and diverse-owned business opportunities with CPS Energy as she keynotes the conference breakfast.
Wednesday, Dec. 7
7 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Freeman Expo Hall
3201 E. Houston