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Scott Walker, Governor
Reginald J. Newson, Secretary

Department of Workforce Development
Secretary's Office

201 E. Washington Avenue
P.O. Box 7946
Madison, WI 53707-7946
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Email: sec@dwd.wisconsin.gov

Friday, October 30, 2014
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Disabled Wisconsin Veterans Receive Employment Support

DWD's Office of Veterans Services provides training to over 250 Wisconsin veterans and spouses

APPLETON – The Department of Workforce Development's Office of Veterans Services (OVS) presented information on available resources to Wisconsin veterans from across the state at the annual Disabled American Veterans (DAV) conference recently at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel and Convention Center in Appleton. The DAV conference attracted over 250 disabled veterans and their spouses from across Wisconsin.

The OVS was invited to participate in the October 23 conference because of the support and services that the Office provides to veterans. Conference attendees learned how to access assistance in creating and updating resumes; tools available to discover how military experience transfers to other employable skills; where and how to find support in their job search; support for homeless; and services available to meet the needs of veterans facing significant barriers to employment. Veterans were also trained to use the WiscJobsforVets website, which Governor Walker launched last year to streamline the application process for veterans seeking state government positions.

"Our veterans exit military service with skills and experience that are valuable to the workforce," said DWD Secretary Reggie Newson, whose agency includes OVS and operates WiscJobsforVets. "Our goal is to connect the skills, talents and experience that veterans offer to opportunities that Wisconsin employers have available. This is part of the Walker Administration's strong commitment to our veterans."

WiscJobsforVets launched last year to increase the number of disabled veterans applying for and hired into state positions. Wisconsin is the first in the nation to offer a streamlined recruitment process for hiring veterans with a 30% or greater service connected disability.

"Veterans' Day is approaching and this program is a good reminder that our support for veterans doesn't end when an individual is no longer in the military," says OVS Director Gary Meyer said. "We have a duty to ensure that our veterans can transition into meaningful employment after leaving military service."

Veterans who have a service-connected disability rating of 30% or more, and are not currently employed in a permanent position with the State of Wisconsin are eligible to use the streamlined WiscJobsforVets process at WiscJobsforVets.wi.gov. Veterans can find local OVS support staff online at: http://dwd.wisconsin.gov/veterans/vetreps.htm

Governor's Commitment to Veterans
Governor Walker in 2014 signed Executive Order 137, creating the Wisconsin Veterans Employment Initiative. Executive Order 137 sets state government hiring goals for veterans and veterans with a service-connected disability rating. Additionally, the 2015-17 state budget he signed last summer expands upon the commitments of his first budget to see that veterans and their families have resources to thrive when they return from serving their country. The current budget includes provisions to connect veterans to family-supporting jobs as well as assistance for veteran business startups.

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