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Colorado Springs Utilities is a past recipient of the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award and the State of Colorado Pro Patria award. When it comes to demonstrating commitment to our military service men and women, we don't just talk about it, we do it! Our commitment includes: - keeping employees informed of promotional job opportunities during their deployment and assisting them with the application process - freezing openings to allow those deployed the opportunity to interview and delaying start dates until they return - ensuring employees are kept whole during their deployment with respect to pay and benefits - checking in with employees and their families during their deployment, often sending words of encouragement, cards and care packages - celebrating the safe return of our employees and thanking them for their service Additionally, in our community we work closely with local military installations supporting those transitioning to civilian employment. This includes regularly participating on transition panels providing assistance, coaching and mentoring to those transitioning from the military to civilian employment. We also support the Colorado Springs Military & Veterans Employment Expo (MVEE) – one of the largest job fairs for veterans and military families in the state of Colorado and attend other military-focused career fairs in our community. We advertise our talent needs with our Veteran Referral Network which includes community partners and professional connections and include the Department of Veterans Affairs, Military Officer Association of America, Colorado Springs Veterans, the Colorado MVS (Military, Veterans, and Spouses) Employment Coalition, and a growing list of additional contacts.