Success Stories of Veterans - March 2015
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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 was laid-off for over a year and was in dire need of employment. The veteran was immediately placed into case management and barriers to employment were being identified. The veteran was referred to a WIA information session as well as TAA information. The veteran had acquired a MBA and MAFM in accounting and was seeking employment in that arena. The veteran was given job leads and interview preparation. He received his first interview and job offer at an accounting firm as the Project Consultant for the Milwaukee and Waukesha areas. He started his new position on March 9th, 2015 with a starting pay of $27.00 per hour.
- A 30% service connected disabled low-income veteran was in search of full-time employment. The veteran has an Associate's Degree in Information Technology and is working toward his Bachelor's degree on-line. DVOP staff assisted with several job referrals, employer referrals and resume assistance. The veteran has recently accepted a position with a medical services provider as a mobile MRI Driver/Medical Assistant for $19.50 an hour with benefits.
- DVOP staff assisted a homeless veteran at the V.A. in Tomah to secure employment, as a full-time Fork Lift Driver with the Wal-Mart Distribution Center earning $17.65 per hour. DVOP staff provided the veteran with an initial assessment, case management, job referrals, job development, job search, and placement.
- DVOP Staff provided assistance to a disabled veteran to secure employment as the Juneau County Veteran Service Officer with a full-time salary of $45,000 per year. DVOP staff provided an initial assessment, job referrals, job search, job development and placement.
- A 50% service connected disabled veteran became unemployed after several years as a Paint Technician earning $17.10 per hour. The veteran came into the job center to seek employment assistance and was pre-screened by job service staff. DVOP staff provided case management, tips on job searching, Wisc.jobs, Wiscjobsforvets, and interviewing skills. The veteran was offered a DVOP Project position starting at $17.38 per hour.
- A veteran with significant barrier to employment was employed at a local restaurant as a temporary worker and continued to seek permanent and meaningful employment through OVS staff and on his own. Working with partner agencies, OVS staff coordinated for an interview. DVOP staff worked with the veteran and was able to show the requisite skills on his resume needed for the position. The veteran was hired at a Naval Station as a full-time, permanent Food Services Manager with a salary of $45,000 per year. The veteran will begin employment on March 23rd, 2015 in the same galley that he worked as a junior Mess Specialist in the Navy 20 years ago.
- A Chapter 31 Vocational Rehab Veteran has been working with DVOP staff, which provided all intensive services to ensure he is job ready. The veteran interviewed and accepted an offer of employment to begin working at a medical facility in Milwaukee starting on March 16th, 2015. This is a full-time position as an Operations Supervisor. He will be receiving an annual salary of $55,000 per year and full benefits.
- A service connected case managed veteran met with DVOP staff after attending an RES Class in October 2014. The DVOP provided guidance on resume writing and conducted a mock interview and provided demonstration and performance on job sourcing using the job boards. The veteran created a new resume and cover letter and found a position he was interested in on Craig's list that he applied for and received several interviews for the position. He stated the mock interviews really helped him prepare. He was offered a position with a New York base company as a Trainer making $101,000 per year. He is very excited and happy to have this opportunity.
- DVOP staff assisted a walk-in veteran who had been unemployed since last fall and his unemployment was to expire in one week. The DVOP assisted the veteran with resume development, job search skills and job referrals, and placed him into case management. The DVOP followed up with the veteran the following week and reported that he is employed in a CDL position and will begin work in a few days with a Trucking company in Whitelaw, Wisconsin where he will receive $60,000 annual salary.
- A 30% service-connected disabled veteran was an electrician's helper. The veteran received full electrical certification in January 2014 from MATC so he could perform at the next level. DVOP staff assisted with resume writing, job search tips, and many job referrals. He was hired by a company at a pay rate of $23.00 per hour as an Electrician and began working March 16, 2015.
- A 40% disabled Air Force Colonel (Ret) and chapter 31 participant secured employment with a Federal Contractor following intensive services including in-depth counseling, resume development, job referral, application procedural advice and directional guidance. He obtained a Master of Science degree in Operations and Supply Management at University of Wisconsin-Stout in February 2015. A company in Cape Canaveral, Florida offered him a full-time permanent position as a Program Manager. His starting salary is $275,000 per year with full benefits. The veteran is extremely excited about position and is pleased with all assistance provided by DVOP staff.