Newark, OH: On Veterans Day, 2015, The Energy Cooperative (TEC) unveiled an addition to its propane fleet of vehicles — a bobtail delivery truck with an American patriotic design. Its special purpose is to “pay-it-forward” to those who sacrificed for our country – for every gallon of propane delivered by the patriotic truck, one penny is donated to the American Veterans Support Grant, established by TEC to support local, non-profit organizations that help military personnel, veterans, and their families.
“We recognize the incredible services these organizations provide and are proud to offer these community grants to further strengthen their efforts in serving local veterans and military servicemen and servicewomen,” said Bob Herron, TEC’s Propane Operations Manager. “TEC puts an emphasis on supporting local charities that care for and honor our military and veterans. The entire Cooperative is honored to play a part.”
Since December of 2015, the veterans-focused bobtail truck has traveled more than 10,000 miles and made more than 1,500 deliveries of propane. From the money generated by the bobtail truck, TEC recently awarded funds to the first recipient of the grant, The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 11072 in Dresden. The funds were used to upgrade the Post’s food service trailer and assist with the Post’s color guard program that supplies free American flags to schools in the Tri-Valley school district.
“This is truly a blessing,” said Jerry Wade, commander of VFW Post 11072. “The food service trailer is the primary source of funding for our Post. All money raised during our participation in the annual Dresden Melon Festival was intended to be spent on much-needed repairs to the trailer. By receiving a grant from TEC, we can now utilize the money raised for other important projects such as building repairs and paint for our VFW post. We are very grateful.”
TEC is among more than 900 cooperatives across the country that provide energy services and support our nations veterans of all generations. The Energy Cooperative’s American Veterans Support Grant will assist military service organizations throughout TEC’s service territory that assist with veterans’ health, housing, education, career development, family support, and more.