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Veterans Job Fair

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development joined forced with the Milwaukee County Executive's Office and the Center for Veterans Issues to kick off a free employment and supportive services event for veterans and their spouses.

Wisconsin is investing $4.5 million to strengthen workforce and economic development opportunities in the city of Milwaukee, and that includes efforts to bring Wisconsin Job Service and other state and local services and resources to local neighborhoods and residents.

As part of this outreach, DWD, CVI and Milwaukee County identified the need for a Milwaukee-based employment and supportive services event for these veterans and their spouses.

Local employers from Potawatomi to Burlington Coat Factory were meeting with veterans for on site interviews at the  Center for Veterans Issues,                    315 W. Court Street, Milwaukee until 2 p.m. Monday.

"Veterans typically know what it's like to follow orders," Andrew Weins, a  soldier and business owner, told CBS 58's Julie Parise. "They know how to do things they don't want to do, but have to do."

He says this is about much more than just finding a fellow veteran a job.

"We also care about them personally."

In addition to traditional employment services, such as resume writing, career counseling, job search assistance, job placement and retention support and assistance with overcoming employment barriers, the event offers a job fair and onsite interviews with these employers: Advanta Clean, Burlington Coat Factory, JDOG Junk Removal & Hauling, Potawatomi Hotel and Casino, Seek Careers and Staffing and DWD. Critical for securing and maintaining employment, partners are making the following supportive services available: childcare referrals, FoodShare Employment and Training enrollment, interview clothing support, on-the-job training referrals, transportation assistance and vocational rehabilitation.  Also available will be eligibility and application assistance for veterans benefits, including: education and healthcare benefits, emergency grants and pensions.

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