MADISON — In honor of veterans, their spouses and families, Workforce Development Department Secretary-designate Amy Pechacek today expressed her gratitude for their service and encouraged them, as well as employers, to connect with DWD resources for training, employment and vocational rehabilitation services. , and information about workplace practices that support veterans.
“We owe our veterans, their spouses and family members a great deal and wish to express our deepest gratitude as part of Military Appreciation Month,” Pechacek said. “This Memorial Day weekend, we will remember our veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice. And for veterans and their family members who are striving to reach their employment potential, we, at DWD and our partners, are ready to help with career guidance, workforce needs, employment and training, vocational rehabilitation and equal rights.
Among DWD’s partners is the U.S. Department of Labor Veterans Employment Training Services (USDOL/VETS), which traveled to northeast Wisconsin this week to learn more about collaborations with DWD, local labor councils, employers and other entities. VETS leadership and Secretary-designate Pechacek met at the Brown County Job Center in Green Bay and jointly visited veteran-friendly employers in the area, such as Schneider National Inc. of Green Bay and Pierce Manufacturing of Appleton. .
“Seeing veterans in action at work in the greater Green Bay area was a true testament to how American veterans are finding meaningful careers and continuing to move this country forward. Whether it’s transporting American goods on highways of our country or building ships to transport commodities and defend the world’s waterways, veterans are making things happen in Wisconsin,” said Margarita Devlin, U.S. Department of Labor Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Department of employment and training for veterans. “We see firsthand how coordination between the Department of Defense, Department of Labor and local industry leaders creates good jobs that enable veterans to support their local economy when returning home from active, reserve, or National Guard duty.
According to the latest available numbers from the US Census Bureau, Wisconsin has nearly 143,000 veterans between the ages of 18 and 64, considered the working-age population. DWD staff, particularly those at the Office of Veterans Employment Services (OVES) and the Office of Employment Services, stand ready to provide employment and training services to veterans, spouses and to family members.
During the 2020-2021 fiscal year, the OVES team effectively served 982 veterans with individualized career services. Local Veterans Employment Representatives (LVERs), who work closely with ready-to-use vets and businesses, are also ready to help. During the same period, LVERS provided 4,427 employer services to 1,611 companies.
So far in 2022, OVES staff serving veterans with disabilities have served more than 440 veterans seeking employment. The combined efforts have generated nearly 2,200 employment opportunities with more than 200 veterans hired and starting new careers.
And LVERs have worked with more than 800 employers in and around Wisconsin and provided employment services in 2,130 cases to help hire veterans.
Pechacek urged other veterans to consider what DWD has to offer by visiting WiscJobsforVets.com or contacting Job Center of Wisconsin at (888) 258-9966 and requesting Veterans Employment Services. Here are some examples of recent successes:
Spouse of Veteran – Laurie Tremblay, a member of the Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) team in Kenosha, helped the spouse of a disabled veteran find employment. Her assistance included career counselling, resume development, employment plan, employment referrals, individualized assessment, among other intensive services. Spouse got a job as Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable Specialist at $24 an hour.
Homeless veteran involved in justice – With the help of Nancy Brown, a member of the DVOP team in Wausau, this homeless veteran involved in justice participating in a treatment program for alcohol abuse and drug abuse. Other Drugs (AODA) managed to find food, shelter and not one, but two jobs. Determined to make a fresh start, the veteran joined his treatment program, persisted in his job search and succeeded, first in landing a retail job at $16.28 an hour. , then a full-time manufacturing job starting at $26.45 an hour. He decided to work both part-time retail work and full-time manufacturing work.
Homeless, Native American veteran – With the help of Milwaukee DVOP specialist Geraldine Perry, this veteran also got a fresh start. He had a job, working as a machinist in northern Wisconsin. But that quickly changed and he found himself in Milwaukee, jobless and homeless, with no food or shelter. First, Perry found him a place to live. Then she and her colleagues went to work to find him work. A skills assessment and coaching for job interviews followed. He took a job as a driver with United Parcel Service at $16.00 an hour and continued his job search, hoping to work as a machinist again. However, he has grown in his appreciation of the experience with UPS, particularly with overtime pay and continues to hold that position. He is grateful to Perry and his team for helping him get a fresh start in Milwaukee.
Pechacek also thanked employers for hiring veterans, especially those participating in DWD’s Vets Ready Employer initiative. Every year, DWD rewards companies – small and large media – with a gold or silver certification.
Learn more about:
Employment Services for Veterans
Veteran Employment Success
Vet Ready Employer Initiative.