WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, today announced that business owners can start submitting applications to participate in the Department of Labor’s (DOL) HIRE Vets Medallion Award Program. The program was created under Blunt’s bipartisan Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans (HIRE Vets) Act, which established a tiered recognition program within DOL to award employers that make veterans hiring, retention, and career development a priority. Businesses can apply for the award by visiting HireVets.gov
“Our nation’s service members have unique skills and experience that are valuable to employers, but finding the right job opportunity can be difficult as they transition to civilian life,” said Blunt. “This program recognizes employers who make veterans' hiring and career development a priority. I encourage all business owners who meet the criteria to apply for the program. As a member of the Congressional Veterans Jobs Caucus, I’ll continue advocating for policies and programs that support our nation’s heroes throughout their careers.”
The HIRE Vets Act recognizes qualified employers for meeting certain criteria designed to encourage veteran-friendly businesses, including: what percentage of new hires, or the overall workforce, is made up of veterans; what types of training and leadership development opportunities are made available; what other benefits and resources are offered, such as tuition assistance; and other factors that demonstrate a commitment to supporting veterans throughout their post-military careers.
In November 2018, Blunt announced that five Missouri employers were recognized by DOL for their contributions to veteran employment. Blunt secured resources for the program in the FY2019 LHHS funding bill.
The deadline to apply is April 30, 2019.