About the Office of Veteran Employment Services


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Our Mission

Advance Veterans into the workforce through targeted business engagement and effective employment services.

Our Vision

Establish networks with employers who understand the value of Veterans and are committed to hiring those who have served our nation, and with Veterans who are prepared to enter the workforce.




Success Stories of Veterans - April 2019

Every month the Office of Veteran Employment Services (OVES) 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!


Management's Biographies




Gary Meyer, Director of OVES

Photo of Gary Meyer, Region 2 Supervisor of OVES As the Director of the Office of Veteran Employment Services, Gary M. Meyer leads a group of 41 dedicated professionally trained, Local Veteran Employment Representatives and Disabled Veteran Outreach Program Specialists. These dedicated individuals, understand through their own military experience, the valuable work ethic, skills and abilities a Veteran brings to Wisconsin's Workforce. The Director Meyer, along with the assistance of a team of three OVES supervisors, ensures LVER and DVOP staff are integrated within the Wisconsin Workforce Development System and strives to improve overall coordination with partners agencies and implementation of services.

Mr. Meyer has 30 years of experience in the employment and training field. He is a Past Wisconsin State Commander of the Disabled American Veterans and worked for two years as the DAV Administrative Director. He currently serves as the DAV Department of Wisconsin, Employment Chairman. He earned a Bachelor degree in Management and Communications from Concordia University and completed the State of Wisconsin's Enterprise Management Academy. He has been certified as a Global Career Development Facilitator. In addition, he's completed numerous training courses provided by the US Department of Labor National Veterans Training Institute. Gary is a veteran and served in the United States Air Force.

Jessica Maple, Region 1 Supervisor

Photo of Jessica Maple, Region 1 Supervisor of OVES As the Region 1 Supervisor for the Office of Veteran Employment Services (OVES), Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD), Jessica Maple plans, coordinates and supervises the Veteran service delivery system for employment and training programs for the region; develops and implements new initiatives in accordance with the department/division strategic plans. She supervises work performance of Local Veteran Employment Representatives (LVERs) and Disabled Veteran Program Specialists (DVOPS) to ensure full achievement of program goals and objectives throughout Three of the office's eleven Workforce Development Areas (WDAs).

Jessica brings to the office over 20 years of military experience. She has served in the 440th Air Force Reserve in Milwaukee, 113th Washington D.C. Air National Guard, 128th Air Control Squadron in Camp Douglas, Wisconsin and currently serving as a Chief Master Sergeant at the 115th Fighter Wing in Madison. During her military career, she has served two joint Noble Eagle tours and three joint tours supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Jessica earned a Bachelor of Science in Management in 2009 through the University of Phoenix, an Associate Degree in Air and Space Operations in 2008 and Professional Manager's Certification through Community College of the Air Force in 2012.

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Ron Stigler, Region 3 Supervisor

As the Region 3 Supervisor for the Office of Veteran Employment Services (OVES), Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD), Ron Stigler plans, coordinates and supervises the Veteran service delivery system for employment and training programs for the region; develops and implements new initiatives in accordance with the department/division strategic plans. He supervises work performance of Local Veteran Employment Representatives (LVERs) and Disabled Veteran Program Specialists (DVOPS) to ensure full achievement of program goals and objectives throughout five of the office's eleven Workforce Development Areas (WDAs).

Ron brings to the program over 24 years of military experience. He has served in the numerous assignments worldwide and in combat environments. He has been awarded numerous awards and decoration throughout his military career. He retired from active duty as a Chief Warrant Officer 3, United States Army. After retirement, he joined the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development first as a Disable Veterans Outreach Programs Specialist (DVOP) and then as a Local Veterans Employment Representative and finally as a Regional Supervisor in the Office of Veterans Service. He has as of this time worked in the veterans' employment field with the State of Wisconsin for over 23 years.

In the above capacity Ron has been recognized for his achievements by a number of veteran's organizations as DVOP and LVER of the Year from the Disable American Veterans and American Legion, culminating in the Distinguished Service Award from the DAV.

He holds an Associate of Arts Degree from Saint Leo University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Lakeland College in Business Administration and Economics.

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