Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele To Support Veteran Workforce Development Programs

Updated: Sep 20, 2018



For Immediate Release September 17, 2018 Media Contact: Saul Newton, Executive Director snewton@wiveteranschamber.org (920) 288-2646


Wisconsin Veterans Chamber to offer programming to support veteran-friendly employers across the state MILWAUKEE, Wis. – Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele will provide $15,000 to support the Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce’s veteran workforce development programming this fall, the organization announced Monday. The funding will support three educational programs throughout Wisconsin meeting the needs of job-seeking veterans and veteran-friendly employers. “Wisconsin’s veterans and employers are fortunate to have the support of leaders like County Executive Abele,” said Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Saul Newton. “Employers across Wisconsin are looking to employ veterans and military family members as part of their workforce. We know County Executive Abele shares our vision of connecting veterans with meaningful careers after they’ve concluded their military service. We are proud to work with him to support Wisconsin’s economy by helping employers connect with the best workforce available.” The Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce, the state’s only business association dedicated to serving veterans and military family members, will host the Wisconsin Veterans in the Workforce Summit, the largest single convening of veteran-friendly employers in the state providing human resources professionals and employers with critical information on recruiting and retaining veterans and military family members. The organization also announced an expansion of its young professionals program. The Veteran Young Professionals Resource Group will provide veterans with development, networking, and educational resources to empower them to find meaningful post-military careers. Finally, the Veterans Chamber will host the third annual Milwaukee Veterans Week, a program dedicated to highlighting the contributions veterans make to our community, educating the public about issues important to veterans, and bringing our community together to celebrate and honor the service of our military veterans. “Veterans are critical to our state’s economy, now and in the future,” said Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele. “I have seen first-hand what veterans can bring to the table in skills, professionalism, and character, and I’m proud to help our employers connect with highly qualified and capable veteran employees. Ensuring that veterans and their families have access to meaningful, family-supporting careers not only shows our appreciation for their service, but also benefits our businesses and our communities.” Research shows that while veterans are a top recruitment priority in today’s workforce, employers are underprepared to recruit and retain veterans and military families in their workplace. According to the Syracuse University Institute for Veterans and Military Families, 2.9 million veterans have transitioned from the military since September 11, 2001, and another 1 million are estimated to transition in the next five years. A 2016 student from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation reported that employers now rank veteran recruiting as a top three priority, yet less than 20% of employers have formal training in veteran recruitment and retention. The Wisconsin Veterans in the Workforce Summit will be held September 21 from 11am-2pm at the Baird Conference Center in Milwaukee. Milwaukee Veterans Week will be held November 4-11 with events around southeastern Wisconsin. The Veteran Young Professionals Resource Group events will be announced later this fall. For more information, visit wiveteranschamber.org. # # # The Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce serves veterans and military families by providing resources to support veteran owned and veteran friendly businesses across Wisconsin. The organization is the voice of Wisconsin’s veteran business community, dedicated to improving the business climate for military veterans and their allies.