Veteran to Veteran buddy system supporting ex-military employees

In the lead-up to this year’s Chairman’s Awards ceremony in London on 23 June, we are interviewing our finalists to learn more about their projects and what it means to reach the final.

The awards recognise and celebrate the efforts of employees who have gone above and beyond their day jobs.

The Inclusion and Diversity category recognizes employees for best practices or behaviors that have either encouraged greater diversity within the company or found new ways to accommodate individual needs.  Our US finalist for this year’s award is the Veteran to Veteran buddy system.

Steven Spaeth, Associate Specialist, HR Recruiting and Inclusion & Diversity


V2VWhat can you tell us about your project?

The Veteran to Veteran (V2V) ‘buddy system’ provides new veteran hires with the resources and support to successfully transition from the military to National Grid. These new hires are each assigned a ‘buddy’ in their location who has a similar background and who can offer ongoing advice, providing information and resources on our corporate culture (including leadership qualities and Line of Sight) and guidelines for ethical behavior, inside the company and out.

What does it mean to reach the final of the Chairman’s Awards?

Reaching the final stages of the Chairman’s Award nomination is a great feeling. We feel accomplished and proud of the work that we have done and to be recognized shows that the time and effort that we have put into the V2V program is worth it, and will give us more exposure so that hopefully more people will volunteer to help out.

What are you most looking forward to about the ceremony in London on 23 June?

The one thing that I am looking forward to the most is the opportunity to experience British culture. Most of my family came to America from Scotland and England so this is a great way for me to see my family’s homeland.

Anything else you’d like add?

When we started the buddy program, we were not aiming to even be considered for the Chairman’s Award, but were concentrating more so on helping veterans as they joined our organization. With that said, it is an honor to make it this far in the nomination process and the V2V team look forward to celebrating our victory thus far in London.

One Comment

Bryan Zulberti

Job well done Steve! This program was needed at National Grid. You’ve worked very hard at making this program a success ever since you came up with the idea. Although many of us will have our fingers crossed hoping you(and your team) win at the Chairman’s Awards, know that this program is already a huge success! Congratulations!


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