RTD honors military veterans

RTD honors its employees who have served in the military and the many contributions they make in the agency’s effort to deliver safe, reliable and courteous service throughout the Denver metro region. 

The veterans were recognized during a luncheon on Friday, Nov. 8 that featured a keynote address by RTD IT employee Brett Feddersen, who served in the 2ndd Space Warning Squadron, in the U.S. Air Force.

More than 150 RTD employees self-identify as veterans and work in a diverse variety of positions within the agency.

“Veterans are essential to RTD’s workforce and we value the discipline, reliability, and leadership they bring this organization,” RTD General Manager and CEO Dave Genova said. “The team oriented, can-do attitude that veterans are known for helps set the tone for our relationships with each other and the communities we serve.” 

RTD participates in a variety of programs and partnerships that are designed to ensure that military veterans are included in recruitment efforts and have an equitable opportunity for employment with the agency. 

Aside from participating in military job fairs, RTD is also part of the Transition Assistance Program, which helps military members transition back into the civilian workforce. Additionally, RTD works with the U.S. Army Partnership for Youth Success program, which matches soldiers transitioning out of military service with employment opportunities. 

“We are always looking for other ways of recruiting our veterans, as we generally view them as hard-working, dependable, respectful and goal-oriented,” said RTD Manager of Staffing and Recruiting Roger Vesely. 

RTD’s appreciation for military service extends to the broader community as well. 

All active members of the Air Force, Army, Marines, Navy, Coast Guard, National Guard and Reserves are entitled to ride free on any RTD service including special services such as SkyRide and BroncosRide.

To be eligible to ride for free, all active duty military personnel must either be wearing the appropriate Class A or Class B uniforms, or present an active duty military ID card with the words “Geneva Convention Identification Card” on the bottom.