Veterans Employment Grant Program
The State of Wisconsin works to connect veterans with good, family-supporting jobs. One way we do that is by supporting those businesses that hire veterans. The Veteran Employment Grant is an incentive program to support businesses hiring honorably discharged veterans with a 50% or more service-related disability.
The Benefits of Hiring a Veteran
Veterans have qualities that every employer is looking for: leadership, the ability to work as a team leader and a team member, the ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines, the ability to give and follow directions, planning and organizational skills, commitment to working safely, and flexibility and adaptability.
Grant Program at a Glance
Employers can receive $5,000 in funding over 12 month period when they hire a qualifying veteran full-time and up to $2,500 for part-time.
Full-time hire: $5,000 for each disabled veteran a employer employs for 12 consecutive months to work a full-time job at the employers business in Wisconsin. $2,500 following the first six months of employment and $2,500 following the second six months of employment.
Part-time hire: Up to $2,500 for each disabled veteran an employer employee for 12 consecutive months to work a part-time job at the employers business in Wisconsin. Up to $1,250 following the first six months of employment and up to $1,250 following the second six months of employment.
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How to Apply
Certify that the veteran you hire meets the grant criteria, complete the grant application, and submit the materials to the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs. Questions? Call us or email our Veterans Benefit Resource Center at 1-800-WIS-VETS (947-8387) or
Veterans Employment Representatives
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 1-888-258-9966 or viewing the online staff directory.
Wisconsin Fast Forward
Located with the State of Wisconsin, Department of Workforce Development, Wisconsin Fast Forward,
can assist you in identifying and applying for any state grant programs and opportunities, current labor market information and other valuable information that you as an employer may use in filling your vacancies.
Comparing Military Ranks & Duties to Civilian Job Positions
The following resource may provide employers with a better understanding of how a veterans military career translates to the civilian workforce.