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Chesapeake Energy honors its 1,200 military veteran employees.

Chesapeake Energy Corp. honored its military veterans on Monday with a ceremony and commemorative coin.
by Adam Wilmoth Published: November 13, 2012

/articleid/3728055/1/pictures/1883128">Photo - Honorees lower their heads during the invocation given by Robin Wood, corporate chaplain for Chesapeake. About 200 employees at Chesapeake Energy received commemorative coins during a Veterans Day ceremony Monday afternoon, Nov. 12, 2012, on the company's campus in northwest Oklahoma City. The employees were recognized for their military service to the nation. Keynote speaker was Maj. Gen. Rita Aragon (ret.),  who is Oklahoma secretary of military and veterans affairs.  A company spokesperson said a total of nearly 1200 employees will receive the coin and be commended for military service.   Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman
Honorees lower their heads during the invocation given by Robin Wood, corporate chaplain for Chesapeake. About 200 employees at Chesapeake Energy received commemorative coins during a Veterans Day ceremony Monday afternoon, Nov. 12, 2012, on the company's campus in northwest Oklahoma City. The employees were recognized for their military service to the nation. Keynote speaker was Maj. Gen. Rita Aragon (ret.), who is Oklahoma secretary of military and veterans affairs. A company spokesperson said a total of nearly 1200 employees will receive the coin and be commended for military service. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman

Chesapeake has more than 13,200 employees nationwide and more than 4,800 at its Oklahoma City headquarters.

Despite their experience, the national unemployment rate for veterans is three times higher than that of nonveterans, said retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Rita Aragon, Oklahoma Secretary of Military and Veterans Affairs.

“It's very important to have companies that are really reaching out and going after our veterans,” she said.

Military veterans make up about 10 percent of Oklahoma's population, far exceeding the national average of about 1 percent.

Oklahoma employers have benefitted from the veterans' experience, Aragon said.

“Employers want employees who are able to work on their own and have initiative,” she said. “They want employees who have integrity and dependability and who know how to get to work on time. They also want people who have a love of country, which translates to a love of the business they're working for. It makes them very employee-friendly to be able to work with other people who have that same kind of value.”

by Adam Wilmoth
Energy Editor
Adam Wilmoth returned to The Oklahoman as energy editor in 2012 after working for four years in public relations. He previously spent seven years as a business reporter at The Oklahoman, including five years covering the state's energy sector....
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