Category: News

Reno Rodeo puts focus on veterans

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A lineman’s rodeo in Reno on June 7 seeks to put U.S. military veterans in touch with resources available to them through the United Way, the VA hospital and other programs. The rodeo is co-sponsored by NV Energy, IBEW 1245 and Las Vegas-based IBEW 396. Other utilities are invited to participate in the competition, which […]

NY Times Op-ed: A Loyal Soldier Doesn’t Deserve This

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This opinion piece originally appeared in the New York Times on April 12th, 2014 THE only reason he is alive, says Mike Yurchison, is his girlfriend, Leigh Anna Landsberger. She sits with him through endless waits at Veterans Affairs, whispering that he’s smarter than she is even if his brain is damaged. She helps him […]

Looking to serve … again

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Last fall, a handful of IBEW 1245 military veterans came together to try and make a change for these underserved vets, and the union’s new Veterans Group was born. The “band of brothers and sisters” decided early on that they wanted to go above and beyond the sorts of things that other vet groups do […]

Erick Varela: Man on a Mission

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Erick Varela says eleven years in the United States Army taught him this: Lead by example and never quit. These lessons were put to the test when he left the Army, Varela told the IBEW 1245 Advisory Council during its summer meeting. “I came back to a housing market that had tanked. I walked into my former employer […]

Lending a hand to fellow veterans

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Government and independent reports show that the unemployment rate for U.S. veterans in 2013 was higher than for non-veterans from similar age, educational and economic backgrounds. How can union members give veterans a hand? This was the question the newly formed IBEW 1245 Veteran’s Group asked themselves as they reconvened for their second steering committee […]

IBEW 1245 veterans launch new group

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Active and retired veterans from IBEW 1245’s membership and staff met at Weakley Hall on Nov. 14 to launch an IBEW 1245 veterans’ group. Brainstorming the new group’s mission and structure were IBEW 1245 members Jordan Bean, (1SG); Jeremy Carlin, 1SG, US Army (ret.); Walter Carmier, SSG (ret.); Casey Salkauskas, MM2(SS) USN; Josiah Sanders, Sgt, […]