Recognizing, supporting our veterans

Power for Progress… a weekly column from the Grand River Dam Authority.

A GRDA truck displays both the United States and Oklahoma flags during an October trip to Florida to help with Hurricane Irma restoration efforts. The image is also a good reminder of the many United States military veterans who are now members of Team GRDA. As Veteran’s Day approaches, we are proud to recognize their service.

As we head towards Veteran’s Day 2017, the Grand River Dam Authority wants to take this opportunity to recognize a significant portion of its workforce that previously served in the United States military.

Today they design substations, maintain power lines, work in GRDA offices, patrol GRDA waters and do many other tasks that help the Authority meet its round-the-clock mission. However, in times past they were marines, soldiers, sailors and airmen. Men and women who gave a large portion of their life to serving their country and now give the same kind of dedication and devotion in their GRDA roles. Approximately 10 percent of the Authority’s workforce is comprised of veterans.

Of course, GRDA is also proud to have once again played a small role in the “Great Deer Hunt” which took place last weekend in Ottawa County. With the GRDA municipal customer community of Miami serving as host, the annual hunt is organized by the River Bottom Sportsmen and the Mid-America Chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America (MPVA). Thanks to much support from the community and the help of many volunteers, the hunt is an opportunity for disabled veterans to do just that: experience a hunt. GRDA participates by making approximately 750 acres of its land along the Neosho River bottoms available for these very special hunters. This year, seven veterans had the opportunity to participate.

GRDA is proud to have played a small role in this important effort to recognize and support veterans. We are also very appreciative of the large and important role that each of our Team GRDA military veterans plays every day. Their dedication and skill helps keep the lights on, allows GRDA electricity to touch 75 of 77 counties in Oklahoma and helps the Authority’s operations to generate economic activity greater than $500 million in the Oklahoma economy annually. 

Today, we recognize those efforts. We also send a special “thank you” to the Great Deer Hunt team for allowing us to once again be a part of this special event.

Headquartered in Vinita, GRDA is Oklahoma’s state-owned electric utility; fully funded by revenues from electric and water sales instead of taxes. Each day, GRDA strives to be an “Oklahoma agency of excellence” by focusing on the 5 E’s: electricity, economic development, environmental stewardship, employees and efficiency.