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We Take Pride in Hiring our Nation’s Veterans

We Take Pride in Hiring our Nation’s Veterans

Here at Sapp Bros., Inc. we take pride in hiring our nation’s veterans. We’ve found we share many of the same values and think they make awesome teammates! So we thought we’d take a moment to recognize a few of our current veterans and let them share their story with you. We hope that you enjoy hearing it, and that you find their advice helpful as you explore options for your new career.


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Evan Peters - Omaha NE, IT Support Analyst

United States Marine Corps- 4 Years, United States Army Reserves- 3 Years

Evan Peters

What branch of Service were you in and for how long?

I was in the Army and served 4 years active duty, and then just over 3 years in the reserves, most of my time was spent at Fort Stewart Georgia, as a Cavalry Scout (19D)  

What was your experience like transitioning from Military life to civilian employment?

Transitioning to civilian life wasn’t easy to be honest, and it is still something I am becoming accustomed too, it is different to always take orders from someone on a day to day basis, and have a pretty well set plan for that day, living in the barracks right next to where you work, getting up at 530 to go out and salute the flag, then workout (PT), then following that you start your work day, pretty much every day is the same, and you fall into a routine of sorts, get up, work out, go to your company, find out what is happening for that day (typically training, classes, cleanup, motor pool, etc.), report back at a given time, and get released for the day.  Coming into an office job after being accustomed to a pretty set strict schedule was a big change to say the least.  I was fortunate enough in during my Army career to partake in quite a few different schools, Bradley Vehicle training (I was a driver), Machine Gun University, Gunnery Tables, Pathfinder School, MRAP training (Driver again), so from going to driving 33 ton vehicles, preparing landing zones, directing air traffic, using land navigation, and playing around with multimillion dollar equipment to going to an office job, where I am helping individuals through a computer and phone was a shocker, but I am lucky to be working with such great individuals that have helped me along my way.     

How has your experience been working for Sapp Bros? 

I honestly love working for Sapp Brothers, it’s more of a family to me now, and I can take the things I learned in the Army, such as the comradery, friendship, and close bonds, and apply those to the company as well.  I enjoy logging in to start my day, knowing that any challenges it might bring, I can reach out to a litany of people to help guide me, teach me, and help advance my career here, I truly feel blessed to be in the position I am working for Sapp Brothers, and it speaks to me to have not just co-workers, but people I can call my friends as well. Also, the company is always doing fun activities, outings, and even just the basic morale boosting events, speaks volumes for how much this company does care for its own.

What advice would you like to give to Veterans that are transitioning to civilian employment?

Honestly the number one thing I can stress about transition is to be humble, don’t be afraid, ashamed, whichever term you want to use to reach out to friends, family, co-workers for help and advice, reach out to your local VA representative , whether it be your VFW, your local Legion post, or any online support group, there is a great abundance of resources out there for us Veterans, we just have to be willing to take the first steps and apply ourselves to them. The second thing I would advise is to take the transition classes your particular branch provides seriously as well, for me in the Army it was TAP (transition assistance program), they really do offer some great tools during your transition period, from helping you create a resume, to even finding you a job in the civilian/public sector, and if you are transitioning out of the service and have a family, they can even offer resources to them, they are there to make it a more successful experience for you. Last and most certainly not least, take advantage of your post 9/11 or GI Bill, use it to get into some classes, even if it is at a local community college, or online, this is paramount, having a college education is imperative, and will only benefit you after your transition period.

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Mike Noer - General Manager Junction City, KS

US Army, 21 years

Mike Noer   Vet Photo

What branch of Service were you in and for how long?

US Army, 21 years  

What was your experience like transitioning from Military life to civilian employment?

Transitioning from Active Duty to Civilian World is one of the hardest things in the world. We leave an environment where people did what they were told to do. Cell phone abuse and tardiness did not exist.  

How has your experience been working for Sapp Bros?       

I often compare Sapp Bros to the Military as we do everything for a purpose under the umbrella of Integrity, Morals and Teamwork.  

What advice would you like to give to Veterans that are transitioning to civilian employment?          

As you progress through the transition remember “to breathe, its different just relax and breathe”. Army Leadership is summoned up under 3 words; Be, Know, and Do…… Be,  the job (Ownership); Know, the job (Learn it); Do, the job (action).

Mike is the General Manager at our Junction City travel center and can help you transition from the military to the civilian world. View our career center to see all of our open jobs. Not applying in Junction City? That’s OK, give him a call anytime to talk about it!



Paul Burgess - Cashier/Sales Associate-Omaha, NE

United States Air Force- 33 Years Chief Master Sergeant in the US Air Force

Sapp Bros Employee Paul Burgess

What branch of Service were you in and for how long?

I served in the US Air Force for 33 years. A real honor and privilege to wear the uniform and serve my country.

What was your experience like transitioning from Military life to civilian employment?

Transitioning to working as a civilian took a bit of getting used to after my military retirement. I sincerely miss the comradeship of my fellow service members. The recognition by my subordinates, peers and those in higher positions for a job well done. The structure of the military and diversity of the personnel. The opportunities to travel and live in foreign countries and adapting to other cultures. The fact that friends become closer than family in some cases. After retiring, I worked in an international environment for more than ten years prior to joining Sapp Bros. There was no difficulty in the Sapp Bros. hiring process due to my past experiences. My first supervisor at Sapp Bros. assisted in every way possible. My most difficult thing to get used to at Sapp Bros. was to always punch in/out on the time clock! A totally new experience.

How has your experience been working for Sapp Bros?

I enjoy working at Sapp Bros. and appreciate the opportunity to continue meeting people from different areas of the country.

What advice would you like to give to Veterans that are transitioning to civilian employment?

For the transition from military to civilian I would offer the following advice: Use your prior experience to build your resume to relate as closely to possible to a civilian environment. You will learn that your former rank and position will have little or no effect or bearing on your civilian counterparts. The comradeship and close association with your new co-workers will be different than your previous life in the military. The opportunity for promotion and civilian employee performance system will probably seem very strange to you. Lastly, press your old uniform, hang it up and salute it smartly. Immerse yourself in learning and performing your new job. It can also be very rewarding.

We’re so lucky to have Paul on our team! If you’re ready to explore all of our career options open to veterans, please visit our Career Center now.

Thanks so much to the three veterans who told us a little about their career path. Sapp Bros. is proud to say we have many veterans on our team and we look forward to talking with more of them over the next few months. Check back soon for new stories!


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