Success Stories of Veterans - August 2014
Every month the Office of Veterans Services (OVS) will be sharing stories of individuals that have successfully found careers through our services. Visit often to see how Wisconsin is putting our Veterans back to work!
- A 70% service connected disabled veteran with a quality resume was given job referrals and application assistance from the OVS staff. Veteran was hired by a company as a welder making $15.50 an hour with benefits. The veteran was in need of supplies and equipment prior to starting his job. OVS staff assisted coordinating this effort and The Man of Honor Society donated $300.00 worth of gift cards to use.
- OVS staff assisted an Army Veteran who has struggled with alcohol for many years and is seeking assistance through the Veteran Homeless Program. Services provided included an assessment - comprehensive & specialized, assistance with completing his profile in Job Center of Wisconsin, the setting up of job alerts to his email and job development. Veteran accepted employment as a janitor for the local retail store in Waupaca. The position is part-time and the starting wage is $8.25. This is a success as it will allow Veteran to ease back into employment and work will be scheduled around his treatment schedule.
- A homeless female veteran was assisted by OVS staff that provided case management and referrals for all services. Veteran continued contact with OVS staff and provided updates on her progress. OVS assisted her with her resume to highlight her logistics experience in the Marine Corps. She accepted a position as a management trainee/driver manager with a transportation company starting at $35,000 with benefits (Homeless to a self-supporting wage in a 23 day timespan).
- Veteran was assisted with daily employer contacts for possible interviews. The veteran secured an interview with a veteran friendly employer who is always in the market for potential veteran employees. As a retired Army Sergeant Major, the veteran had extensive experience in management and security operations. The veteran was hired as a service manager in the first aid department, security and sales starting at $54,000 annually.
- Veteran states he survived homelessness and other issues by living in housing through the Center for Veteran Issues (CVI). He thought it was impossible to find a decent job however; he can now afford his own apartment. After months of intensive services, with OVS staff and CVI staff working together, this Veteran was offered employment. He began work on Aug 1, 2014 as a manager of fast food restaurant in West Allis, Wisconsin and will receive $35,000 annually with benefits.
- OVS staff assisted Veteran with application for both federal and state government jobs in Madison. OVS staff aided in the development of a targeted resume for WI State Government positions. Staff also provided one-on-one assistance with her job search and application process as she had just moved to the Madison area from out of state. The Veteran secured a position as an IT Project Manager at the starting wage of $40,000 to $45,000 per year.
- Veteran had a major barrier to employment as a convicted felon. He stated he had applied for a multitude of jobs with no response. OVS staff worked with the veteran, critiqued and updated his resume. Staff focused on the veterans skills and abilities and how he could better market him. Veteran was also working with the Hire Center as a dislocated worker. Other Milwaukee Veteran representatives had given him job leads for CNC machinist and punch press positions. Veteran received a position as a machinist at starting at $16.23/hour beginning on Aug 18th.
- Veteran had been unemployed for 6 months. He had work experience as a chemical mixer, and had hoped to stay employed in that field of work. He received intensive services and was provided one-on-one job assistance, job leads and participated in mock interviews. OVS staff provided work search information, enabling veteran to focus on the current job market. Veteran was hired as a chemical mixer in Germantown beginning Aug 26, 2014 on 2nd shift. He states he will work 10 hour shifts at the pay rate of $17.50 per hour with night differential and the opportunity to work overtime.
- OVS staff assisted a 30% service connected disabled Veteran with a new resume and job search assistance. WDVA staff partnered with OVS in search for an appointing authority eligible veteran for a position they needed to fill. Both offices communicated at length about this veteran whom OVS staff had been assisting. The veteran was offered and accepted a Veteran Benefit Specialist 1 position. The veteran started work on Sept 8th at the hourly rate of $15.31 per hour with full-time with benefits.