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U.S. Department of Labor Announces 2018 HIRE Vets Medallion Program Demonstration Award Recipients
WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced recipients of the 2018 HIRE Vets Medallion Program Demonstration Award, recognizing job creators for their leadership in recruiting, employing, and retaining America's veterans. Honorees include small businesses, community-based nonprofits, and national companies.
In 2017, President Donald J. Trump signed into law the Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing (HIRE) American Military Veterans Act, creating the HIRE Vets Medallion Program. In issuing a Final Rule last year establishing criteria and processes for the program, the Department announced that 2018 would be a demonstration of the program prior to full implementation in 2019.
"America's veterans are proven leaders who bring skills, dedication, and determination to our nation's workforce," said U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. "To earn a HIRE Vets Medallion Award, job creators must demonstrate a solid commitment to providing veterans with the opportunity to build a meaningful career. This program recognizes a standard for excellence in veterans hiring, and helps veterans identify employers who are committed to advancing veterans in the workplace."
Recipients of the 2018 HIRE Vets Medallion Program Demonstration Award were evaluated based on a range of criteria, including:
- Veteran hiring and retention
- Availability of veteran-specific resources
- Leadership programming for veterans
- Dedicated human resources
- Compensation and tuition assistance programs for veterans
Applications for the 2019 HIRE Vets Medallion Program will open to employers on January 31, 2019. For more about the HIRE Vets Medallion Program and Award, please visit www.HireVets.gov.