Employer Resources

​​​​​​​​​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.
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 WisVets@dva.wisconsin.gov
Help us Spread the Word

Share the Veterans Employment Grant Program brochure (Españ​ol​) with others who you think might qualify.

​Veterans Employment Representatives

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, an​d 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.