Wisconsin employers recognized for supporting veterans and their families

MADISON, Wis. (CBS 58) --- The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) announced the winners of their Vets Ready Initiative Wednesday, Nov. 11.

The new employer recognition initiative highlights employers who go above and beyond to support veterans and their families. It was launched earlier this year.

DWD partnered with the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA), Wisconsin Department of Disabled American Veterans, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), and the Veterans Chamber of Commerce to recognize six employers.

According to officials, these six employers have been deemed as "Vets Ready" and are recognized for demonstrating their commitment to hiring veterans, supporting their veteran workforce, and connecting with the veteran community:

  • 4imprint, Inc. – Gold Level Award
  • Associated Bank – Gold Level Award
  • Rockwell Automation – Silver Level Award
  • TDS Telecom – Gold Level Award
  • WEC Energy Group – Gold Level Award
  • Xcel Energy – Gold Level Award

WEDC and DWD will be promoting these employers at Military Transition Summits, which allow employers to connect with transitioning service members, according to officials.

"DWD is proud to shine a light on employers who go out of their way to hire and support the Wisconsin veteran community," said DWD Deputy Secretary Robert Cherry. "Each of the Vets Ready employers demonstrate an exemplary commitment to support those who serve."

WDVA Secretary Mary Kolar said veterans have the tools and training that make them excellent employees.

"We applaud each of these businesses in their commitment to hiring veterans as they embark on and progress through their civilian careers," Kolar said.

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