The U.S. Department of Labor announced its recognition of 675 U.S. employers in the 2020 HIRE Vets Medallion Program for their recruitment, hiring, and retention of America’s Veterans. Collectively, this year’s recipients hired more than 37,000 veterans since 2018.
The annual HIRE Vets Medallion program awards employers from around the nation, exemplifying a commitment to civilian employment of U.S. military veterans.
Employers from small to big companies have criteria they have to meet and application fees to participate. Depending on the company’s size, relegates what percentage of Veterans they need to hire to continue participating and be eligible to receive the honored medallion.
U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia participated in a virtual ceremony honoring the award recipients on Nov. 10, 2020, the eve of Veterans Day, at the Department’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., to announce this year’s award recipients.
“HIRE Vets Medallion honorees have demonstrated their dedication to hiring veterans and helping them establish and enjoy meaningful, long-term careers,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia. “From small business owners to Fortune 500 companies, these employers understand that veterans bring unique qualifications to their jobs and make significant contributions to the workplace.”
Administered by the Department’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service, the program has now awarded 1,341 HIRE Vets Medallions since its inception in 2018.
“I am very excited about your award and what it says about your organization’s values,” said Assistant Secretary for Veterans’ Employment and Training John Lowry while addressing the Medallion recipients. “Your HIRE Vets Medallion will serve as a beacon for veterans seeking companies where they’ll thrive, thereby providing you a competitive advantage in the war for top talent.”
The VETS’ Act’s mission is to prepare America’s veterans, service members, and their spouses for meaningful careers, provide them with employment resources and expertise, protect their employment rights and promote their employment opportunities.
The mission of the Department of Labor is to foster, promote and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.