Success Stories of Veterans - May 2014
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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!
- A Veteran with a 90% service connected disability successfully graduated from the auto collision and repair program at NTC. OVS staff assisted Veteran with his resume and cover letter for an interview he had with a local auto dealer. Vet interviewed and accepted a position in the auto body shop. He started his employment May 17, 2014. His starting salary is $13.00 per hour with an increase to $18.00 after 60 days and title of shop manager.
- A Veteran with a felony record had been employed the last seven years as a welder/heavy assembler at with an income of $52,000 per year. He received notice that he was losing his job as a part a workforce reduction. The Veteran was extremely concerned about finding another employer who would hire him due to the fact of his conviction. Veteran was assisted with overcoming his barriers, developing an individual employment plan and improved resume along with mock interviews on how to overcome his felony barrier. Veteran was referred to a large manufacturing company where he started a position on May 19th with a pay of $48,000 per year. Additionally the new employer will be paying for the Veteran to attend tech school in the Industrial Maintenance Certification program, while employed by the company. Though this is a $4,000 reduction in pay, his daily commute was reduced by 80 miles per day which will actually increase his discretionary money.
- A case managed Veteran accepted a position as the Government Property Manager for a large employer starting at $60,000 per year. He started on May 27th. He received services including job searching assistance, resume, and comprehensive assessment after attending the Veteran's group intake.
- Veteran in a V.A. homeless program, was driving a taxi, part-time earning $7.25 per hour. Veteran was assisted with an initial assessment, job referrals, job development, job search and placement. He secured employment at a local trucking company as a forklift operator, earning $15.00 per hour. This is over a 100% increase over his previous salary.
- A walk-in Veteran seeking information on employment was provided with labor market information and a list of potential employers along with revising his resume to reflect his engineering experience. He received several interviews in the following weeks for engineer positions. He started work on April 22, at a Quality Engineer with the starting pay $74,000 per year.
- A job ready Veteran was provided daily job listings, mock interviews and resume assistance. Veteran secured an interview and accepted a position in accounting at the Healthcare Offices on a Native American Reservation in Northern Wisconsin. Veterans starting salary is $22.10 per hour.
- A Veteran who began working with OVS in June of 2010 is now employed as a District Manager for three locations with Anytime Fitness in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. He has a salary plus commission structure that nets him $70 - $90,000 per year.
- A recently discharged Veteran was struggling financially after his discharge in late April. He was released honorably with a
60% service connected disability rating and eligible for the Veteran Employment Grant (VEG). Due to his disability, he is under strict physical limitations. He possessed skills from his military experience that would allow him to work as an engineer in design using CAD programs. He had applied for several jobs including a design engineer. The company was considering Brian after the interview, but was concerned about his limited physical abilities. OVS Staff contacted the employer and processed
our second VEG along with a WOTC (delayed) application. He was hired on May 20th and will start at $15.00 per hour. This will increase to over $18.00 per hour after 3 months.
- A Veteran in a V.A. Homeless Program was working as a pallet repairman earning $9.00 per hour. He was assisted with an initial assessment, job referrals, job search and placement. He secured full-time employment at a local distribution center as an order filler earning $15.00 per hour. This is a 66% increase in salary.