Success Stories of Veterans - October 2014
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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!
- A Veteran received intensive services including an individualized employment plan, resume development, mock interviews and multiple job leads. He was hired at a Mequon employer as an Information Security Analyst on September 7, 2014 and receives $29.00 per hour with benefits. The Veteran thanked OVES for assistance and states it took about a month and a half to get hired.
- A case managed Veteran was interested in a position in the shipbuilding industry in the local area of Manitowoc. He received services that included a comprehensive assessment, resume development, and case management. He was hired as a Production Supervisor in his preferred industry for a starting pay of $26.00 per hour.
- A near homeless Veteran, with 70% Service Connected Disability rating was assisted by DVOP staff with the following: resume assistance job referrals and Eblast list. All of this led to a job offer and acceptance as an Electronics Sales position in his local area for $8.50 an hour plus commissions. Working with the Vet Center, OVES requested and received funds for rental assistance from a local Veterans' group. OVES gave the Veteran Heat for Heroes program information, in conjunction with Semper Fi, getting the Veterans utilities up-to-date.
- DVOP staff assisted a homeless Veteran at Tomah VA. He was employed with the V.A. as CWT, Grounds Keeper earning $4.25 per hour. OVES staff assisted the Veteran to get a job at a local grocery store, as a Stocker / Cashier, earning $9.00 per hour. DVOP staff served the Veteran with an initial assessment, job referrals, job development, job search and placement.
- A laid-off Veteran worked with DVOP staff and partnered with WIA through a temporary hire agency to find employment. The Veteran was provided job leads and resume assistance to secure a position with a Diesel Company bypassing temporary hire agency placement. The Veteran started at $16.00 with potential to $28.00 per hour. This position has full benefits and is 7 miles from the Veterans home.
- A Chapter 31 Veteran who just completed his degree in accounting at a local Technical College. DVOP staff provided guidance on developing a resume and cover letter and reviewed interview skills. He applied for a position at a Risk Management facility in Brookfield, WI and accepted an offer to start on October 20th at a salary of $35,000 per year. DVOP staff also assisted the Veteran in obtaining two suits for his new position.
- A 30% or more disabled case managed Veteran gained employment with a Federal contractor in Oshkosh as the Senior Curriculum Design Manager at a starting pay of $76,000 per year. He received services from DVOP staff including job searching, resume development, federal and state application assistance, and case management.
- DVOP staff assisted a 30% disabled Veteran with his job search. The Veteran applied for a DWD Job Service position that he had worked in earlier in 2014 and had resigned from. The Veteran was re-instated to a Job Service Specialist position with pay at $17.00 per hour with benefits.
- A Veteran who is a single parent facing barriers to employment was case managed to gain employment as a Maintenance Worker for dairy specialties company. He received services from DVOP staff including job searching, resume development, federal and state application assistance, and case management. He was hired at $19.20 per hour which the Veteran states is the highest pay he has ever received.
- DVOP staff met with a young Veteran with many barriers to employment and on the verge of homelessness. He had no car, no phone, a broken bike and he is behind on his child support. DVOP staff worked on his resume, acquired a cell phone, spoke to his child support agent, and referred him to a supportive service agnecy and WIA for additional support. After meeting with a hiring official from a local graphics company at a job fair, he completed a walk through and now has part-time employment. A department store has also given him a call back after an interview on Wednesday. Our final step will be working on his housing situation now that he has a job and many programs have opened up to him.
- A Veteran was in financial hardship and living in the Manitowoc area. He received services that included a comprehensive assessment, resume development, and case management. He was hired three weeks later as a maintenance worker with in the paper industry with a starting pay of $17.00 per hour and excellent benefits.