Local veteran experiences success through Chapter 31: Scott’s Story

Scott was assigned to Ross County DVOP as a Vet-90/Chapter 31 Special Disabled Veteran. He is a 42 year old Navy Veteran who honorably served our country between the First Gulf War and 9/11 and was identified with multiple barriers to employment.

The veteran was assessed on April 15th and provided with Labor Market information for the specific types of work that he had designated interest in (based on his overall self-assessment to include his newly acquired educational skills). He was additionally provided with Career Guidance, Resume evaluation and assistance, personal instruction on the use of the OhioMeansJobs.com website, and the Career Assessment and Development tools. In addition, Scott was provided with information and referral on the available Supportive Services with the local community, and was encouraged and attempted to be kept motivated by this Dvops during weekly follow up e-mail.

The DVOP additionally assisted the Vet with scheduling an appointment at the VA in Chillicothe, with some of his Co-working Vocational Rehab Specialist Staff, which are subject matter experts in the federal application process, which may have eventually assisted this Vet with his eventual employment opportunity. This veteran received ongoing Individual job development and job search assistance, continuing over the next two and a half months. Throughout this process, Scott had been submitting applications and actually had interviewed for a couple of different positions, but appeared to have no solid leads until he actually went on-line and completed a Federal Application with the Defense Logistics agency in Columbus, from a lead provided by this DVOP.

Scott’s persistence and hard work paid off when he interviewed and was offered a meaningful position as a Supply Technician (GS-7), with the ability to move up and into a GS-11 position. His starting wage is roughly $40,600 per year ($19.52 per hour), with full benefits, and the job is full-time, permanent term following the one-year probationary period.

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