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Join us in Welcoming Our New Veteran Employment Representative

When U.S. Air Force Veteran, Lieutenant Colonel Dale Olivo, was laid off as part of a reduction in force, he decided to visit the Arkansas Workforce Center in Searcy. He was seeking unemployment benefits when he arrived, but he left with much more.

At the Searcy Workforce Center, Mr. Olivo met with Veterans Representative, Ms. Tina Smith. Ms. Smith helped him register for eBenefits and set up an account in Arkansas JobLink so he could begin his job search. Together, they worked on his resume and established some short-term and long-term goals. Mr. Olivo wanted a career change and after discussing options with Ms. Smith, he expressed interest in public service.

It was then that Ms. Smith presented him with an opportunity to work for the Arkansas Division of Workforce Services as a Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) Specialist at the Arkansas Workforce Center in Conway. Mr. Olivo wanted to know more, so Ms. Smith explained the program and the role of the DVOP. Not long after, he applied for the job online, interviewed, and got the position.

“I like interacting with our veterans and it's humbling to recognize that each veteran has different challenges." - Lieutenant Colonel Dale Olivo, U.S. Air Force Veteran, Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) Specialist, Arkansas Workforce Center in Conway

DVOP - Mr. Dale

Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) Specialists

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