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Support for former military service members is an integral part of Schlumberger’s corporate social responsibility program, and the company’s efforts have not gone unnoticed. At the inaugural Hart Energy 25 Impactful Veterans in Energy luncheon, held in December, Schlumberger Veteran Affairs Program Manager Nick Tran was among the 25 veterans recognized, chosen from among 300 nominees.
“The main aim of our program is to help veterans get on their feet—and that means any former military service members in a community, whether or not they come to work at Schlumberger,” says Tran. In the harshest cases, veterans struggle with post traumatic stress and possibly homelessness, notes Tran. “Our objective is to empower vets in their recovery and transition back into civilian life.”
The program started with community-based initiatives in the US, and has expanded into Schlumberger locations in Canada and the UK. Last year in Canada, Schlumberger supported a Homes for Heroes event that raised money to build “tiny homes” for homeless vets. In the UK, Schlumberger partnered with the Walking for Wounded organization.
Tran’s grassroots approach applies anywhere Schlumberger employees live and work. “We engage with the local military and veteran groups to find out what issues are important in those communities. We favor initiatives that empower veterans directly, giving a hand up, not a hand out.”
In tandem with the Hart Energy luncheon, the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) organization was invited to present additional awards. The Patriot Award went to Dan Domeracki, former VP Government & Community Relations. “Because of his unwavering support, Schlumberger Veteran Affairs has become one of the best-in-class programs in our industry in just a few short years,” says Tran.
Schlumberger was also recognized with the ESGR Above and Beyond Award, which recognizes companies who offer veterans exceptional support.