Each year the Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Department of Wisconsin provides public recognition to a large and small employer who demonstrates, by their employer policies and hiring practices, an effort to provide suitable employment to disabled veterans within their organization. While evaluating the nominees, the DAV Employment Committee considers many factors to determine the suitability of the nominee for one of these awards.
In addition to reviewing the employer’s policies and hiring practices, the levels of responsibility and duties of the disabled veteran hired is also considered. The evaluation criteria include the strength of the company’s veteran recruitment and hiring efforts, retention and career building
This year two Wisconsin employers have been selected to receive recognition. Logistics Health Inc. of La Crosse is named this year’s DAV Large Employer of the Year. Sierra Pacific Window Company, from Medford is the Midsize Employer of the Year. Both employers recognize the value, dedication, experience and work ethic veterans bring to the workplace.
The DAV recognizes the Local Veteran Employment Representatives (LVER) and the Disabled Veteran Outreach Specialists (DVOP) that provide outstanding service by enhancing employment and training opportunities for disabled veterans. This year’s LVER of the Year is Michael James, from the Milwaukee Job Center. The DVOP of the Year is Jeffery Orlowski from the Fox Cities Workforce Development Job Center.
The employment committee also selects an individual to receive the HobanDavenport-Kaupe Award. This award is given in recognition of service for the advancement of employment opportunities for disabled veterans and is named in honorof Ray Davenport Ed Hoban and Dean Kaupe who during their life and careers were strong advocates for the employment of veterans with disabilities.
This year’s recipient is Ms. Angela Casper, the Human Resource Director for Old Wisconsin in Sheboygan and the Sheboygan Area – Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) Chapter President. The DAV, Department of Wisconsin recognizes her efforts providing employment opportunities for disabled veterans and their spouses. She secured a grant to provide a two-day event that included education to employers on how to recruit, hire and retain veterans as well as a veteran career hiring fair.
The DAV will present the Employment Awards at a mutually convenient time and place. I wish all my fellow DAV members a successful year and stay safe.