Do you or one of your commercial customers have open positions to fill?

Wisconsin's unemployment rate is at a historic low point, and the national labor market is at or near full employment, too. Business across the state and the nation are struggling to find high-quality applicants to fill their record 6.7 million open positions. 

If you (or one of your clients) are among them, the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) has a grant program you might be interested in. The WDVA and the State of Wisconsin work to connect veterans with good, family-supporting jobs. One way they do so 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 percent or more service-related disability.

The program provides up to $5,000 to an employer that employs a qualifying disabled veteran full-time. Eligibility for the grant is contingent on the veteran's disability rating as awarded by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Part-time hires are eligible for up to $2,500.

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.

Visit https://dva.wi.gov/Pages/educationEmployment/EmploymentEmployers.aspx to learn more or to apply for the grant.