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HIRE Vets Medallion Program

Join VETS June 7, 2017 at the Department of Labor, for an open listening session regarding the new HIRE Vets Medallion Program. The purpose of this session is to obtain the participants' individual views concerning the variables that should be considered when implementing the HIRE Vets Act of 2017. The session is not intended to communicate or achieve any consensus position of the group. To assist us as we prepare to develop proposed regulations to operationalize the program, we would like to obtain your views on what would drive your participation in the program. We also want you to share your thoughts on other aspects of the program, including its cost and benefits.

The session will be held at the Department of Labor in Washington D.C. on June 7, 2017. Seating and call-in lines are limited. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to the event POC, LaToya Ransom, 202.693.4742, who will provide details of the meeting. Guests may request reasonable accommodations during RSVP.

Open Listening Session Announcement (PDF)
HIRE Vets Act of 2017 — Public Law

HIRE Vets Medallion Program

HIRE Vets Medallion ProgramThe HIRE Vets Medallion Program will recognize employers who recruit, retain, and employ veterans, and who offer charitable services in support of the veteran community. The Department of Labor is establishing the program under the Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans Act, or HIRE Vets Act. President Donald J. Trump signed the act into law May 5, 2017.

"Veterans give an incredible gift to this country, and that giving doesn't stop when they leave the military. From technical know-how to leadership skills honed on the battlefield, veterans have a wide range of abilities that make them tremendous assets for the American economy and for any employer," said U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. "The Department of Labor looks forward to shining the spotlight on employers who make hiring veterans a priority and encouraging other employers to hire our nation's heroes."

The department will establish two levels of awards for large employers: the Gold HIRE Vets Medallion Award and the Platinum HIRE Vets Medallion Award. The department will establish similar awards for small and medium-sized employers. Criteria for these awards include:

  • Percentage of employees who are veterans;
  • Percentage of veteran employees who are retained;
  • Establishment of veterans' assistance and training programs;
  • Employment of dedicated human resources professionals for veterans; and
  • Income and tuition support for veterans.

The department will solicit, verify, and review award applications from employers on an annual basis, and awards will be presented in celebration of Veterans Day.

For more information on the establishment of the HIRE Vets Act Medallion Program, please contact:

Randall "Smitty" Smith
Office of Strategic Outreach
Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS)
U. S. Department of Labor | Veterans.Gov
Tel: (202) 693-4745