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Allies in Service

Nonprofit Spotlight: Allies in Service

April 30, 2020

“Veterans know better than anyone else the price of freedom, for they’ve suffered the scars of war. We can offer them no better tribute than to protect what they have won for us.” – Ronald Reagan 

The United States Armed forces is made up of six military branches which include the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy and, most recently addedthe Space Force.  Each of these branches contains full time active duty military membersreserve and guard forces, and veterans and retirees. In the Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) area there are more than 350,000 veteransmany of whom are seeking support to help with their transition from military life to civilian life.  

Atmos Energy has partnered with Allies in Service for several years, serving as mentors in their Warrior Mentorship Program to support the DFW area veteran community.  Navy veteran and former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach founded Allies in Service to leverage an all-encompassing network of support focused on employment for the veteran community. Allies in Service prepares job-seeking veterans and spouses in the DFW area for success by coaching them on vital employment search techniques, mentoring on military-to-civilian cultural differences, advocating on their behalf and connecting them with employers. By providing these essential resources, Allies in Service serves the DFW community of veterans just as they have served us.   

discovered Allies in Service about five years ago at a veteran job fair hosted by Atmos Energy,” said Samantha Jones, Atmos Energy account representative for the Mid-Tex divisionAt the fair I met Darwin Stamport from Atmos Energy’s marketing division and became his protégé.  Military life is in my blood. I was raised in a military family, started my career as a military counselor, and needed guidance on how to build my career while transitioning to civilian life.  As a Marine veteran, Darwin understood the military and civilian cultural differences and encouraged me to apply and grow my career with Atmos Energy.  TodayI work in the Mid-Tex division marketing department and I am able to pay it forward to other veterans by serving as an Allies in Service mentor.”  

The Allies in Service Warrior Mentorship Program connects recently transitioned DFW area veterans and service members (protégés) with business professionals (mentors) for a yearlong mentorship. Mentors and protégés are paired based on career objectives, background, and professional experience. The goals of the mentorship program are defined between mentors and protégés through regular discussions and meetings, and a personalized action plan is created and implemented to achieve those goals. Pairing protégés with mentors creates a network of support outside the standard channels and enables the protégé to reach his or her full potential as they transition into corporate careers. 

“Atmos Energy has been a dedicated veteran employment partner and supporter of the Allies in Service mission since 2013,” said David Whitley, Allies in Service chief operating officer.  “Over the years, Atmos has offered its employees as mentors and hosted numerous meetings for our corporate level Warrior Mentorship Program for newly transitioning veterans.  Their commitment to hiring veterans and military spouses has also led to employment for our candidates.  Thank you, men and women of Atmos Energy, for your continued support of Allies in Service and the veteran community.” 

To learn more on how you can help and serve with Allies in Service visit, https://www.alliesinservice.org/