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Wisconsin taps transitioning veterans for 90,000 job opportunities in the state

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Wisconsin partners with Hiring Our Heroes to highlight career and
lifestyle opportunities in the state for transitioning veterans

A delegation from the State of Wisconsin is in Camp Pendleton today to
launch a transitioning veteran outreach program to help fill the more
than 90,000
job opportunities
in the state.

The delegation of representatives from state government and Wisconsin
businesses will highlight the state's career and lifestyle opportunities
at the Hiring
Our Heroes Transition Summit
that will take place on Aug. 29-30.
Hiring Our Heroes is an initiative of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Foundation, a non-profit organization, aimed at helping the nearly
250,000 annual transitioning service members and their spouses prepare
for civilian careers.

Leading the country in offering the most state-funded
benefits
to veterans and their families, Wisconsin is the first and
only state to nationally and internationally partner with Hiring Our
Heroes to encourage transitioning military personnel and their spouses
to live and work in the state once they leave the service.

Representatives from the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs, the
Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, the Wisconsin Department of
Workforce Development, and the Wisconsin Department of Tourism, along
with Wisconsin business WPS Health Solutions, will engage one-on-one
with service members to highlight the businesses in Wisconsin that are
recruiting transitioning veterans as well as the quality of life
attributes the state has to offer them and their families.

"Wisconsin has long led the nation in state benefits for veterans and
their families. And now we are leading the nation in employment,
endeavoring to get veterans AND spouses jobs several months prior to
their separation from service," said Daniel J. Zimmerman, secretary,
Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs. "Wisconsin understands the
incredible contributions veterans and their families make to the
communities in which they live and we look forward to welcoming them to
our great state."

"The service members and military spouses who attend our events are
looking to connect with the resources and tools they need to
successfully transition out of military service and into civilian life,"
said Eric Eversole, president at Hiring Our Heroes and vice president at
the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. "We are honored that the State of
Wisconsin is partnering with us to showcase their commitment to our
veterans and their families as they invite them to work, live, and
thrive in their state."

Veterans who have settled in Wisconsin say the state's employers offer
numerous opportunities for those about to enter civilian life.

"Since moving to Wisconsin, I've had a lot of great career
opportunities. I don't have a college degree, but companies here in
Wisconsin view veterans as though we do have a college degree," said
Karl Johnson, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who is now the vice president
of sales at Lippert Flooring and Tile in Menomonee Falls, Wis.
"[Veterans] have an unbelievable work ethic and we've shown commitment
by following through on our service."

"Wisconsin is a great state for veterans to reside because of the
opportunities for education and employment," added Charles Williams, a
member of the Army Reserve stationed in Florida who plans to return to
Wisconsin in October. "Wisconsin also provides veterans with resources
to assist them with pursuing entrepreneurship. There is a lot of
community support and Wisconsin has one of the largest outdoor
recreation communities for families to enjoy."

Following the Camp Pendleton event, the Wisconsin delegation will attend
the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Hiring Our Heroes event in Washington on
Sept. 25-26.

The transitioning veterans initiative is part of the state's $6.8
million targeted, multiagency campaign to attract talent to Wisconsin.
The state's talent and attraction efforts embody Think-Make-Happen In
Wisconsin®, a new unifying message that celebrates Wisconsin as a
premier destination for business, career and personal fulfillment.

To find out more about Wisconsin and what it offers for veterans, visit InWisconsin.com/veterans.

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