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A Texas veteran's organization called GETI, short for Global Energy Technologies Institute, is trying to balance some big numbers.

Over the next four years, 1.2 million service members will transition out of the military to the civilian world. Right now there are 600,000 job openings in the oil and gas industry globally.

Roy Pereira is one of those 1.2 million military personnel being retired and his story is one that the GETI Alliance wants to repeat thousands of times over.

After 13 years and two deployments to Iraq, he was separated from the army last September, by the next month he had a job...a good job.

"I can safely say they did a miracle considering how short a time they had to get me a job....they did a miracle on getting me a job," said Pereira.

For families like the Pereiras leaving the military life can be daunting. Suddenly they're on their own, having to find their own income, housing and insurance.

"There's so many people coming at you from so many different kind of have to figure out just what am I gonna do for my husband," said Evelyn Pereira, Roy's wife.


But that stress was put aside by Len Swanson. Evelyn Pereira remembers her first conversation with him.

"Take a breath and relax…it's going to be taken care of and this is what I'm going to do. The first thing is we gotta get your husband employed," Pereira said.

They did with an oil and gas contractor. And then they helped the family sell their house in Liberty Hill, find a house in Houston and find Roy an apartment quick so he could start work immediately.


Len Swanson says the GETI Alliance wants to channel skilled military people into the needed oil and gas workforce and one key is the proper certifications employers need. The other key is get to soldiers before they get out of the service.

"How do we go forth and put into place a combination of proven programs to do assessment and counseling way in advance of these men and women being released," Swanson said.

In Roy's case he'd worked with heavy equipment in the Army so they got him certified and in a snap he had a well-paying position. Because he had experience, which so many military have, it happened so fast the family actually had time to take a mini-vacation during the transition. Now the family can make real plans.

"Go camping, fishing, visit where I was born and my kids see it...that's my ultimate goal and have a place where I can call home," Pereira said.

The GETI Alliance has now reached an agreement with Ft. Hood to start integrating their services with the Army's protocol regarding soldiers separating from the service. To learn more about GETI Alliance click here.


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