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Blunt-Backed HIRE Vets Program Now Accepting Applications from Local Businesses

February 03, 2020

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor/HHS), 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, which recognizes small businesses, non-profit organizations and large companies for their dedication to recruiting, employing and retaining veterans, was created under Blunt’s bipartisan Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans (HIRE Vets) Act. Businesses can apply for the award by visiting HireVets.gov.
“Service members have skills and experience that are an asset to employers, but finding the right job opportunity can be a challenge as they transition back into civilian life,” said Blunt. “This program recognizes employers that prioritize the hiring and career development of veterans. As a member of the Congressional Veterans Jobs Caucus, I’ll continue advocating for programs and policies that support our nation’s heroes at every stage of their careers.”
The tiered recognition program within DOL recognizes qualified employers for meeting certain criteria designed to encourage veteran-friendly businesses, including: percentage of new hires, or the overall workforce, that is made up of veterans; the types of training and leadership development opportunities that are made available; other benefits and resources that are offered, such as tuition assistance; and other factors that demonstrate a commitment to supporting veterans throughout their post-military careers.
In November 2019, Blunt announced that seven Missouri employers were recognized by DOL for their contributions to veteran employment. Blunt worked to include funding for the program in the FY2020 Labor/HHS appropriations bill.
The deadline to apply is April 30, 2020.  



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