Back in the 1990s, a group of employees at Northeast Utilities (now Eversource Energy) came together to support local veterans. As the company expanded, the ES Veterans Association was born. In 2007, East Hampton, CT Field Safety Supervisor Warren Rogers became the group’s president. More volunteers joined, which made more activities possible.
By 2008, Warren had organized Eversource employees in three states to undertake a variety of programs to support both active-duty troops and veterans of all ages. For 10 years, the group raised funds for several partner organizations, including the Travis Mills Foundation in Maine, which helps disabled veterans and their families. ES Veterans Association also underwrote costs for projects ranging from enabling World War II veterans to visit that war’s memorial in Washington D.C. to supplying troops in Afghanistan and the Middle East with a collection of close to 2,300 pairs of socks!
Together with Wreaths Across America, ES Veterans Association members lay a wreath at the grave of every veteran in four state cemeteries in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. They have continued this support for several different years.
Warren retired in 2017, succeeded by Substation Operations supervisor Bill Gelinas in East Springfield, MA. Bill became president of the group while actively serving in the Air Force Reserve. Incorporated in 2018, ES Veterans Association gained 501(c)3 status in 2019 and operates with a board of directors and officers who adhere to the group’s bylaws.
Now numbering more than 350 employees and retirees in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Hampshire, the ES Veterans Association continues to honor all who served.