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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 30% or greater disabled veteran was able to secure a position as a Civil Engineer using the new Non-Competitive hiring authority. This is a full-time permanent position with a starting wage of $30.00 per hour. For more information on this new authority and how to take advantage of it please contact Mark Ard at 608-266-8080 or via email at Mark.Ard@dwd.wisconsin.gov.
- A veteran working in collections and banking experienced long-term unemployment. She qualified as a low income veteran per Dept. of Labor guidelines. She sought help with how to obtain copy of her DD214, interviewing skills and how to answer past work history questions. After conducting two mock interviews, she received a job offer from a local bank as an Electronic Banking Representative II at a starting salary of $38,000 annually and began work on February 2, 2015.
- A Navy veteran was terminated from his job as a manager of a pool hall in October of 2014. The veteran was not convinced he could utilize his (1 yr.) expired CDL to gain employment. OVS staff successfully encouraged an employer to hire the veteran and re-certify his endorsements. The veteran is now employed with a building supply company as a local full-time CDL supply driver, at $17.00 per hour, 401k, and with medical and dental insurance.
- A 40% service connected disabled veteran who was recently laid-off is searching for employment. The veteran had previous experience in manufacturing and administration. DVOP staff assisted with job referrals, job advocating and resume development. He was interviewed and accepted a job through a staffing agency for a try-to-hire job with a manufacturer in Tomahawk as a production assembler. The veteran starts new employment on Monday, Feb 9th at $14.00 per hour.
- An Army veteran who completed the 6-month Veterans Work Experience Program with a crane company was offered a new position created to exercise the new skill set he learned over the past several months. LVER staff discussed with the HR department the value of veteran's skill sets that he learned both in the Army as an officer, and as an intern at the company. He accepted the position and has full benefits and will start at $62,000 annual salary.
- DVOP staff assisted a special disabled Chapter 31 veteran in securing employment, as an Education Service Advisor, at Fort McCoy, earning $16.51 per hour. DVOP staff provided the veteran with an initial assessment, case management, job referrals, job search, and placement.
- DVOP staff assisted a low-income veteran to secure employment, as a Driver for a local refuse company in La Crosse earning $14.00 per hour. DVOP staff provided the veteran with an initial assessment, job referrals, job search, and placement.
- A veteran that is a single parent has been unemployed for the past nine months and qualifies as a long-term unemployed veteran per DOL guidelines. DVOP staff provided the veteran with services including: resume writing, an individualized employment plan and he participated in a mock interview. The veteran was interviewed and offered a position with a local beverage company in Brown Deer, Wisconsin as a warehouse worker starting at $17.00 per hour beginning February 23, 2015.
- An Army veteran who had no income after being terminated was receiving no unemployment. Veteran stated he had little to no money in the bank and would be facing homelessness in March 2015. The veteran had previously earned an MBA in Business Administration, a BS in Computer Science, and a Certified Web Developer. DVOP staff recommended and the veteran successfully completed WIA Title 1 Eligibility for potential Workforce Investment Board Work Experience OJT Program with a foods corporation. The DVOP recognized additional employment opportunities with a school district and a supply company. The veteran subsequently accepted a position with the supply company for $65,000 per year as a Web Developer/Systems Analyst.
- A 50% service connected disabled, low income veteran was using Chapter 31 benefits for training in Human Services/AODA Substance abuse. The veteran is co-enrolled with DVR and with the DVOPs' encouragement will be using DVR funds for a two hundred hour intern program in health care. The veteran starts at the end of February and will be earning $15.00 per hour.
- A 50% service connected disabled veteran was a Naval Nuclear Reactor Power Control Operator. He received job referrals from DVOP staff and an updated resume. The veteran interviewed and hired as a Site Supervisor for a power company. He started his employment recently and is earning $30.49 per hour with benefits.
- A service connected disabled veteran was entered into case management and provided resume development and job leads to assist in her job search. The veteran was also referred to the SSVF program for rent assistance. The veteran began employment as a Program Support Assistant on February 8th, 2015 at a VA Healthcare facility as pay grade GS-07, $43,362 annually.
- An Army veteran was initially seen in October 2014 upon being laid-off after 18 years as a Plant Manager / Engineer. The Veteran was receiving unemployment however, was living month-to-month due to a variety of financial issues. Because the veteran was still eager to work, DVOP staff targeted his job search for smaller companies within the same labor market. The veteran continued to successfully tailor his resume and job searches; and subsequently found full-time employment. He is now working as the Industrial Operations Manager for a company in Luxemburg. His annual salary is $57,000 with 401k, Medical/Dental Benefits and yearly bonuses.