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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 80% service connected disabled veteran became unemployed after graduating from college with a Masters in Counseling. He was unable to get the mandatory hours to obtain employment as a State of Wisconsin Professional Counselor. DVOP staff provided targeted resume development and job referrals for 501 c3 organizations and referred the veteran for mock interviews. The veteran was hired into a paid internship with a local fellowship program for $1500.00 month, and an opportunity to become the volunteer centers new director upon the retirement of current director.
- A veteran that was assisted by OVS in March 2011 has since had his service connected disabilities upgraded to 40%. He applied for a Federal position with the Social Security Administration and was offered a position in the Superior office with a starting salary around $43,000 with full benefits including using his military service toward his retirement. The veteran is very happy to finally receive what he feels is a career position in the Federal Government.
- A veteran living below the income level was in the Homeless Program in Tomah and in search of employment. DVOP staff assisted with an initial assessment, case management, job referrals, and job placement. The veteran secured a full-time position with the Tomah V.A. in Housekeeping, earning $13.50 per hour.
- A pre-screened Air Force veteran with a service connected disability requested assistance from DVOP staff searching for employment, JCW assistance, and resume development. DVOP staff provided case management, tips on job searching, WiscJobsForVets, USAJOBS and resume development. The veteran found a position through the WiscJobsForVets website with the State of Wisconsin Department of Transportation. The veteran accepted an offer for a full-time position with the Department of Transportation in Milwaukee as a Traffic Operations Public Information Specialist. She will begin her new position on April 20th, 2015 with a starting salary of $25.503 per hour with full benefits.
- A Navy veteran with a significant barrier to employment was at risk of becoming homeless requested assistance from DVOP staff in finding employment, housing assistance, and UI assistance. The veteran was pre-screened by job service staff and referred by the CVSO office. DVOP staff provided case management, tips on job searching, resume development, and employer referrals. The veteran found a position through a cold call search with a local corporation located in Oak Creek as a CNC Machinist. The veteran interviewed and accepted a full-time position and will begin his new position on April 13th, 2015 with a starting salary of $16.70 per hour with benefits.
- An Army veteran reached out to OVS after losing his job with a local home construction store. He is a special disable veteran and was seeking a retail management role where he could use some of the skill sets. Comprehensive and specialized assessments were conducted, job portals were recommended, resume guidance was offered, and job referrals were provided. We also discussed the dynamics of interviewing. The veteran interviewed and accepted an offer with a home construction store, as a Department Head, with a starting salary of $18.02 per hour effective April 17th, 2015.
- DVOP staff met with one case managed veteran who had recently indicated that she was at risk of homelessness to conduct follow-up. The veteran was happy to inform the DVOP that she was able to pay her rent, met with the CVSO for reevaluation of service connected disability, had a second interview and got the job. She will be working at a Women's Coalition full-time with a starting wage of $11.00 per hour with an increase in pay after 30 days to $14.00 per hour. The veteran and her family will be relocating to Milwaukee.
- A low income veteran lost his website business. 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, job referrals, job development, mock interviews, referral to W2 program, and resume development. The veteran was offered a Transportation Operations Manager position starting at $17.50 per hour.
- An Air Force veteran with a service connected disability requested assistance from DVOP staff in searching for employment, resume development and educational benefits for veterans. DVOP staff provided case management, tips on job searching; WiscJobsForVets, USAJOBS and Federal resume development. The veteran found a position after attending the Wednesday Works on site recruitment hosted by a Workforce Development partner agency, with an express trucking company. The veteran accepted a full-time position as a Truck Driver. He began his new position on April 13th, 2015 with a starting salary of $16.00, with an increase to $17.00 per hour including full benefits after 90 days.
- A 50% service-connected disabled veteran, qualified as a low income and received intensive services in collaboration with CVI, resume assistance and mock interviews. She worked briefly at an educational facility making $13.75 per hour, then two months later, accepted full-time work as a Claims Representative with the Social Security Administration (SSA) making $44,000 annually.
- An Air Force Veteran with a service connected disability rating of 80% reached out to OVS upon relocating to the Fox Valley Area. An assessment, comprehensive & specialized was conducted; resume guidance, job leads, job search guidance, interviewing guidance were all provided. The veteran had a phone interview, followed up with an in person interview and accepted employment with an integrated solutions company, as a Branch Manager with a salary $49,920 per year with benefits.
- A case managed 40% service connected disabled veteran applied to several companies looking for administrative work. She targeted the Social Security Administration in Sheboygan where she wanted to start a career. The LVER contacted the hiring authority at the building and advocated on the veterans behalf. She was given an interview and received a GS-5 position within the Social Security Administration.
- A 40% service connected disabled and low income veteran from Vilas County was recently hired by a Labor Union to work in road construction for $17.38 per hour. The veteran was assisted by DVOP staff with resume assistance and job referrals. The veteran and DVOP have also been working closely together as the veteran wants to start a Green House business. DVOP staff assisted with Small Business Association Patriot program, score and other grant and entrepreneurial programs.
- A Chapter 31 veteran graduated from Globe University with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration was in search of employment. DVOP staff assisted with an initial assessment, case management, job referrals, and job placement. The veteran secured a full-time position with a Training Support Section as a Senior Instructor, earning $44,000 per year.
- A veteran with low income connected with DVOP staff at the Waupaca Benefits Fair. DVOP staff provided assessments and job development. Veteran earned a full-time position as a Driver with wages starting at $20.00 per hour.
- A veteran qualified for OVS services due to low income and homeless. DVOP staff provided a referral and resume development services. The veteran earned full-time employment as a Machine Operator for a package manufacturing company starting at $15.00 per hour with benefits.
- A special disabled veteran was offered and accepted a full-time position as a Motor Vehicle Operator in Milwaukee starting at $20.46 per hour plus benefits and a possible wage increase at the six (6) month review. This wage is in addition to $16.00 per hour the veteran currently makes working part-time as a CDL truck driver. DVOP staff provided job development and hiring package document assistance.
- A low income (per Department of Labor standards) veteran with three (3) children to support was offered and accepted a full-time position as an Administrative Assistant for an employer in Milwaukee, WI starting at $36,000.00 per year. The veteran received resume development, interview skills, job referral assistance and services to include registration and utilization of JobCenterofWisconsin.com.
- A special disabled veteran was offered and accepted a full-time position with an engineering and design company earning $69,000.00 per year with benefits. DVOP staff provided resume development, interview skills, and job coaching assistance and support.
- A low income (per Department of Labor standards) Chapter 31 veteran was offered and accepted a full-time position as a Roofing Supervisor starting at $3,000.00 per month. DVOP staff provided case management, job referral, and assisted job search and placement services.
- A low income (per Department of Labor standards) veteran was offered and accepted a position starting at $24.00 per hour. DVOP staff provided case management services.
- A long-term unemployed veteran was offered and accepted a Production/Sanitation position starting at $15.03 per hour. DVOP staff provided resume assistance and job referral services and assistance.