FOND DU LAC - Mercury Marine is joining area and Wisconsin companies in partnering with the Army to eventually give veteran soldiers a chance at a job when they finish their military duty.
Mercury Marine employee Marcea Weiss is an Army veteran. She knows first-hand how tough it can be for vets to find jobs when their service ends.
"When transitioning from the military into finding a role as a civilian it can be really difficult to figure out how to match that up, what's your skill set, what your strengths are," Weiss explained to FOX 11.
Now Mercury Marine has joined up with the Army's Partnership for Youth Success, or PaYS program. It works by pairing new recruits with companies they might like to work at in the future, like Mercury Marine.
"They can go into a field within the Army that's gonna correspond to a job that would relate to something at Mercury Marine," explained Lieutenant Colonel Daryl Collins.
PaYS guarantees Army veterans interviews at their preferred companies. The job is not guaranteed, but Collins says it is a major leg up.
"They can now join the military, learn those skills, learn the Army skills that overlap those skills, come out as a stronger team member, get some real-world experience," said Collins.
Mercury Marine President Mark Schwabero told us PaYS is a good recruiting tool for the Army.
"You know, 'we've got programs and things in place with companies that are really looking forward to being able to hire you,'" said Schwabero.
But according to Schwabero his company will benefit too, having its pick of highly qualified applicants.
"In terms of accountability and working as teams, and holding themselves to higher standards. They'll be a great source of employees," explained Schwabero.
"To have a company like ours, Mercury Marine, reaching out to kind of make the first connection and first step is really powerful. It's really helpful for veterans," said Weiss.
480 companies are in the PaYS program nationwide. 17 of those are in Wisconsin. Schneider National based in Ashwaubenon was the first company in the state to join.
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