Veterans Leaving Active Duty
Veterans Retraining Grants
Recently unemployed or underemployed veterans may receive up to $3,000 per year, for a maximum of two years, if they have a financial need while being retrained for employment. The amount of the grant is determined by the applicant's financial need as calculated by the WDVA. Other education or retraining grants will be included when determining the veteran's financial need for this program and should be included on the application. Visit the
WDVA Veterans Retraining Grant webpage
for more information.
Veterans Employment Representatives
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.
Veterans as Apprentices
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.
Veterans Hiring Preference Information
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).