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General working to get vets involved with renewable energy

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Wind turbines are a common sight around the Tri-Cities. But, a retired general wants veterans employed with companies involved in renewable energy to be just as common.

"Come on and lets go to work," says Charlie Card, a Cold War veteran who now has a renewable energy business."I hate to see a guy come here and say well, there's nothing for me to do, there is something to do," explains Card, whose business creates hot water from solar panels connected to a water heater.

 Depending to who you talk to, this is more than just about renewable energy.

"The real issue is bottom line economics," explains retired major general Paul Eaton. He's trying to get men and women returning from active duty to choose careers in clean technology. "Every barrel of oil we don't have to import is going to lighten the load for the American serviceman and it's also going to reduce the outlays of money going outside the United States," says Eaton.

Eaton,  a member of "Vets Voice" and "Vote Vets" has been pushing to shine the light on the issue of going green by talking with members of congress, and the business community.

But vets like Card keep the message simple for his colleagues, "there's always been something to do, you just got to have the backbone to stand up and find it. We use this word, entrepreneurs, it means having the guts to get up and do it."

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