As we all learned in school, Independence Day commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 which declared our independence from Great Britain. A huge thank you goes out to those in the U.S. military, who ensure that we as a nation continue to maintain our independence.

When individuals are transitioning out of the military, they have many questions to answer including about their future career path. As discussed in previous blogs, the fuel and petrochemical industries are working to connect with America’s veterans. The current manufacturing renaissance in the United States has created many opportunities. Member companies find that the military offers a great talent pool with jobs and skill sets. Those in the military have learned skills that are hugely advantageous to civilian employers, among them: leadership, change management, how to motivate their comrades, how to work as a team, ability to work under pressure and especially their safety conscious attitude.

AFPM has a number of member companies working to bring more veterans into the fuel and petrochemical industries. When you ask them why, they will tell you that they proudly hire veterans for their dedication, strategic thinking and commitment to honor and safety. Member companies such as Tesoro, Fluor Corporation, KPMG LLP and Chevron have been working for years to bring military veterans into the industry. In fact, over the last two years alone, almost 25 percent of Phillips 66 refinery hires have been veterans (hear first-hand from former vets about their transition from the military to our industry.)

As part of its commitment to bringing more veterans into the fuel and petrochemical industries, AFPM has been working with American Jobs for America’s Heroes (AJAH) which is a nationwide campaign aimed at connecting National Guard members with employers. Recently created resources include a webinar entitled “How to Achieve Greater Success in Hiring Veterans, National Guard Members and Reservists” and the new “Best Practices Guides for Employers in Recruiting and Hiring National Guard Members, Veterans and Reservists.” AFPM also continues to enhance the range of veterans-based educational tools and information on its AFPM Workforce Development website.

As we celebrate this holiday weekend with family and friends, let’s not forget those veterans and the ongoing opportunities the fuel and petrochemical industries can provide them.

Melissa Hockstad

Posted by Melissa Hockstad

Melissa Hockstad is the former Vice President of Petrochemicals for AFPM. To learn more about AFPM, visit