Veterans transitioning from active duty should be aware that several state and federal benefits and services are tied to your discharge date. To find out more about the time frames and eligibility, contact the Veterans Benefits Resource Center or your County Veterans Service Officer.
The Department of Labor's Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS) program makes employment assistance available to all Wisconsin veterans in local one-stop job centers. The Disabled Veterans' Outreach Program (DVOP) and Local Veterans Employment Representatives (LVER) are the two primary programs providing employment and training services to eligible veterans.
Veterans Representatives (DVOPs or LVERs) provide the latest information on local labor markets. They offer workshops and guidance on resume writing, job interviewing skills, and job seeking skills. They also identify training and education needs. They can help veterans make career choices by assessing aptitudes, interests, and abilities through the use of aptitude tests and career counseling.
Locate a Veterans Employment Representative at your local Wisconsin Job Center by calling toll-free 888-258-9966 or viewing the online staff directory.
In Wisconsin, the Department of Workforce Development Bureau of Apprentice Standards reviews and approves registered apprenticeship and formal on-the-job training programs for veterans. To determine if you are eligible to get employment through apprentice or on-the-job training programs which could lead to professional certification and/or licensing, review the Apprenticeship in Wisconsin booklet and contact an Apprenticeship Standards field representative in your area.
Civil Service Preference (Federal) – Veterans who are disabled or who served on active duty during certain periods or campaigns are entitled to preference over non-veterans both in federal hiring and in retention during reductions in force.
Candidates who pass an examination are ranked by their scores. Those eligible for preference are entitled to have 5 to 10 extra points added to a passing grade of 70% or higher. Qualified veterans with a VA-approved service-connected disability (SCD) rating of 10% or more are placed at the top of most civil service exam lists.
Civil Service Preference (State) – Veterans who are disabled or who served on active duty during certain periods or campaigns are, for their first position within the classified service, entitled to competitive preference over non-veterans.
Any positions open for competition that requires a civil service examination is eligible for the application of veteran’s preference points. These are points added to passing scores of civil service exams and lead to the creation of a competitive employment register. Eligible veterans are entitled to an extra 10 points added to a passing score on a state civil service examination. Veterans with a VA-approved service-connected disability (SCD) rating are entitled to points added to their passing score, depending upon their level of disability. Spouses of certain disabled or deceased eligible veterans may also have points added to a passing score.
LTE (limited term employee) and project positions are included in the classified service. Because the selection of an LTE or a project appointment does not include an examination and creation of a competitive employment register, there is no mechanism for the application of preference points. Check with the hiring agency for more information on LTE and project appointments.
Additionally, the noncompetitive appointment process for certain qualified disabled veterans allows for a veteran with at least 30% service disability to be appointed to any position in the State of Wisconsin classified service without competition (i.e., no civil service examination).
- Entrepreneurship – Resources for Wisconsin veterans in business or interested in starting a new business.
- Hire a Hero – An online social network to help the military community connect with caring volunteers, local events, and Military-friendly employers to better the chances for obtaining a dream job. Hire a Hero provides the platform for the general public to do more than just put a yellow ribbon on their car – a chance to actively say "thank you for your service" – while helping a hero network transition into a meaningful civilian career.
- Troops to Teachers – A U.S. Department of Education & U.S. Department of Defense sponsored program established to assist veterans and eligible members of the Selected Reserve gain teacher licensure in order to obtain employment as public school teachers. WDVA is supported by the State of Montana's office for the program.
- Unemployment Compensation for Ex-Servicemembers (UCX) – Members of the military leaving active duty discharged under honorable conditions unable to find employment may be eligible for UCX. Application for Unemployment Insurance, including UCX, is made by telephone:
To file a new claim application:
Madison: (608) 232-0678
Milwaukee: (414) 438-7700
Have the following available: (1) Form DD-214, (2) Social Security number, and (3) Wisconsin Driver's License number (if you have one).
- Vocational Rehabilitation – The federal VA provides Vocational Rehabilitation to eligible disabled veterans through the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VRE) program. Additionally, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation offers a state Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program.
- Veterans In Piping – The United Association of Plumbers, Pipefitters and Sprinklerfitters (UA) has partnered with the U.S. military to create the UA Veterans In Piping (VIP) Program, which provides returning vets with 16 weeks of accelerated welding training.
- Wisconsin Women's Business Initiative – Learn about an economic development corporation that provides quality business education, technical assistance and access to capital for small businesses throughout Wisconsin.
- Employment Links – Employment assistance is available through many websites. Here you will find Wisconsin, military, veteran, and federal job boards as well as job search and entrepreneurial resources.