Success Stories of Veterans - February 2014
Every month the Office of Veterans Services (OVS) will be sharing stories of individuals that have successfully found careers through our services. Disabled Veterans Outreach Program Representative (DVOP) provide the intensive services necessary to meet the employment needs of Veterans who are economically or educationally disadvantaged, disabled, homeless, or facing other significant barriers to employment. Visit often to see how Wisconsin is putting our Veterans back to work!
- Veteran received an initial assessment. An employment plan was developed and the Veteran was given several employment leads. Veteran applied for an open position as Senior Project Manager a Bank in Milwaukee. He accepted this position with a starting salary of
- Veteran received services following a job loss in April 2013. A facility where he worked for 21 years closed, leaving him and others without work. Veteran was provided intensive services including job referrals, job developments, notifications of job fairs and career guidance. He was referred to a paper products company. He was offered and accepted a position as a Production Engineer. He started on February 24 with an annual salary of
$75,000 plus bonuses.
- Veteran with 28 years of Active Army service received a comprehensive assessment. He was provided multiple intensive services including individual counseling and career planning. Veteran went on to earn his Commercial Driver's License and accept employment with a trucking company as a driver. His initial wages are projected to be greater than
- An Iraq War Veteran with a 90% disability rating from the VA received OVS assistance in his search for a job at the VA. Within one week the Veteran received an interview and was hired. On February 24, Veteran started work full time with starting pay of $12.00 per hour plus benefits. Pay will increase to $14.06 per hour after probation.
- Veteran who is a CNC operator received assistance at the Milwaukee Northeast Job Center. Veteran had worked for 17 years as a core maker and inspector in local foundry but wanted to return to school. He enrolled in college. Meanwhile, staff provided assistance including resume development and job search. After six months, Veteran was hired at a foundry. He went to work February with a starting wage of $21.00 per hour. The company is adjusting his shift next month so that he can complete his college education.
- A recently retired Air Force Veteran received assistance in the form of job referrals, and as a result, he was hired at as a maintenance supervisor in Wisconsin Rapids. He started at the beginning of March with a starting salary of
$75,000 per year.