Every November, we pay homage to those who have served our country. Though we honor their bravery and selflessness throughout the year, we especially do so on Veterans Day.
South Plains Electric Cooperative holds our current and former service members in particularly high regard, sharing with them a legacy of service and commitment to fulfilling a mission. Nothing can match a veteran’s personal sacrifice—lengthy stints spent away from loved ones and the potential physical and mental wounds inflicted by combat. We know the challenges we face in service to our membership at South Plains Electric Cooperative pale in comparison to those endured by members of our armed forces, yet our goals are rooted in a similar sense of duty.
A commitment to the greater good serves as a bedrock tenet of the cooperative business model, espoused in Cooperative Principle No. 7, Concern for Community. We satisfy our main objective of providing safe, reliable power at the lowest possible cost while also taking part in initiatives that benefit our community.
I hope you have been following the progress of the Homes for Heroes house being built for the Vasquez Family in Preston Manor. This is a project of the West Texas Home Builders Association that provides mortgage-free homes to local heroes. As a member of WTHBA, South Plains Electric is proud to be part of this community project. It is extremely appropriate that the home was completed in November as we celebrate Veteran’s Day.
This month, as we reflect on the debt of gratitude we owe to our nation’s veterans, take a moment to consider how a legacy of service forms so much of what we do as a cooperative. Though we work to support and strengthen our community in less obvious ways, our motivation is the same: to band together in pursuit of a common goal and improve the communities we call home.