Tennessee Valley Authority

Based in Knoxville, Tenn., Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) provides electricity to approximately nine million people in parts of seven southeastern states. CaptainCharles Wingo of the Army National Guard nominated TVA for the Freedom Award because of TVA’s commitment to hire Guardsmen, Reservists, veterans, spouses of disabled veterans, and widows and widowers of those killed on active duty. They also actively participate in military job fairs and promote job opportunities for those in the military community. TVA recognizes their employees on military leave by offering eligibility for “military service” bonuses. When an employee returns home from being on active duty, TVA allows them to take five days of Administrative Leave. TVA shows their support for deployed employees by remaining in contact via email and letters, evidenced by the 4,000 care packages they have shipped overseas. TVA heartily embraces the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act(USERRA) by training all first line supervisors on the law, posting USERRA posters on prominent bulletin boards, and including USERRA information in newsletters and corporate communications. They also provide volunteers to help brief managers and supervisors on the details of the law. When asked why he nominated Tennessee Valley Authority, Wingo remarked, “TVA strives to provide exceptional support to the military and their employees in the military.”