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The Vets Ready Employer Initiative serves to encourage employers to build a support system within their workplace, hire and retain more veterans, and connect to veterans in the community and their families. Every year the Department of Workforce Development recognizes businesses who have gone above and beyond for the veteran workforce. Businesses are separated into three categories – small, medium, large – and either receive a gold or silver certification.
DWD partners with the Department of Veterans Affairs, Wisconsin Department of Disabled American Veterans, and the Veterans Chamber of Commerce on the Vets Ready Employer Initiative.
It is free to apply for Wisconsin's Vets Ready Employer Initiative. Employers who are deemed Vets Ready will be promoted by DWD staff to veteran job seekers and community partners through several outlets including:
Employers must provide a letter of support from a veteran or veterans' organization supporting the company's accomplishments as referenced in the application.
The Office of Veteran Employment Services (OVES) will accept 2023 Vets Ready employer applications from Jan. 2, 2023, to June 30, 2023.
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To get to the Vets Ready Application:
Please address any questions regarding the application or process to VetsReady@dwd.wisconsin.gov or your local LVER.
Candidates must illustrate the resources that are available to veterans for employee engagement, growth, and training opportunities such as:
Applicants must describe measures taken by the organization/company to create capacity of all workers to create a supportive environment for veteran employees such as:
Applicants must describe financial assistance measures implemented to assist veterans such as:
Applicants must demonstrate how they offer personal assistance and development opportunities for their veteran workforce such as:
Applicants must describe efforts in their human resources processes to prioritize veteran hires. Applicants must describe recruitment strategies such as:
Candidates must illustrate hiring goals such as:
Applicants must describe how they connect to and support the veteran community. Applicants must illustrate how they support military families such as:
Applicants must demonstrate their volunteer and charity work such as:
Applicants must describe their support of service members & veterans outside the office such as:
Recognition program for employer who support vets in the workplace as part of the organization mission.
Employers must go "above and beyond" by providing additional support, resources, and outreach to veteran hires.
Application materials are on the Vets Ready webpage that include:
Employers will submit all materials via online application on Jobcenterofwisconsin.gov
To get to Vet Ready Applications:
Employer applicants will be rated on various criteria including:
The full list of criteria can be found on the Vets Ready webpage.
The employer applications will be rated by a panel that includes representation from:
Employers who are deemed Vets Ready will be promoted by DWD staff to veteran job seekers and community partners through several of outlets including:
Email VetsReady@dwd.wisconsin.gov or your Local Veteran Employment Representatives (LVER) with any additional questions.