Scott Walker, Governor
Raymond Allen, Secretary
Department of Workforce Development
201 E. Washington Avenue
P.O. Box 7946
Madison, WI 53707-7946
Telephone: (608) 266-3131
Fax: (608) 266-1784
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, June 2, 2017
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DWD Secretary Highlights Wisconsin's Efforts to Assist Veterans at Disabled American Veterans Conference
GREEN BAY – Today, Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Ray Allen highlighted Wisconsin's efforts to help veterans find employment at the 89th Annual State Convention of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) in Green Bay. At the Convention, based on the recommendation of DWD's Office of Veteran Services, DAV's Employment Committee is presenting a DAV Employer Award to Hormel Foods Corporation of Beloit for the company's noteworthy activity in veteran recruitment and hiring, retention and overall community involvement supporting veterans.
"Under Governor Walker, Wisconsin has made it a top priority to assist veterans looking for employment," Secretary Allen said. "We know that Wisconsin employers understand the value that veterans bring to the workforce and many businesses, like Hormel, actively recruit veteran applicants for their work ethic and skills."
Some of Wisconsin's efforts to help veterans find employment include:
- Governor Scott Walker established the Wisconsin Veterans Employment Initiative and the Council on Veterans Employment to increase the number of state government employed veterans and veterans with service-connected disability ratings through strategic, statewide recruitment efforts.
- Wisconsin created the WiscJobsForVets website, a Veterans Employment Initiative pilot project in 2015 to increase the number of veterans employed in state jobs. To date, 129 veterans with 30% or more service-connected disability have been hired by state agencies with and average wage of $21.13 per hour.
- Wisconsin is the first state in the nation to offer a streamlined, web-based recruitment and hiring solution for veterans with a 30% or greater service-connected disability who are not currently employed in a permanent position with a state agency.
- Our Wisconsin Job Centers have an open-door approach for job seekers, including veterans and their spouses. When a veteran is 100% permanently and totally disabled, the spouse is eligible for priority service in the job center.
- Employers may qualify for incentives when hiring eligible veterans with a service connected disability.
For more information on DWD's Office of Veteran Services, visit https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/veterans/