Whether for federal contractor requirements or general, good faith efforts, employers across the nation are dedicating their efforts to hiring veterans–and the U.S. Department of Labor is taking notice. Upon the presidential signing of the HIRE Vets Act into law in May 2017, the DOL launched the HIRE Vets Medallion Program, which recognizes employer efforts to recruit, employ, and retain veterans. Late last year they announced the winners of their inaugural demonstration program, and we were not surprised in the least to see a number of DirectEmployers Members on the list. Congratulations to the following Members, and all employers who were honored:
- Colorado Springs Utilities
- Dominion Energy
- Entergy Corporation
- Los Alamos National Laboratory
- NextEra Energy
- Southwest Airlines
- United Services Automobile Association
- Windstream Holdings
The program is broken into two categories, Gold and Platinum, and further segmented by company size (large, medium, small). Employers interested in being recognized in 2019 can apply for this program by completing an application, paying a nominal application fee, and meeting the necessary criteria. We encourage you to learn more about the program and consider applying as applications for the 2019 program are now being accepted as of today, January 31! Visit HIREvets.gov to get started and show how you are supporting our nation’s heroes.
Kacie Clark is a Marketing Manager specializing in social media and communications for DirectEmployers Association.