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The U.S. Department of Labor’s Veterans Employment and Training Service is accepting employer applications for the 2020 HIRE Vets Medallion Program Award, which recognizes employers for their efforts to recruit, employ and retain our nation’s veterans. In 2019, the program recognized 427 employers for their dedicated efforts to hire American veterans, including ABC member United Rentals. The deadline to apply is April 30.

DOL - Frequently Asked Questions about the Program:

  • Why should an employer apply?

The HIRE Vets Medallion Award is the only veterans hiring award at the federal level. Its criteria allow for the highest level of recognition for employers who are committed to veteran careers, including recruiting, employment, and retention. These employers set an example to other employers about the importance of prioritizing and encouraging successful veteran hiring and retention. The award also signals to veterans that an employer is committed to and supports our nation’s heroes.

  • How Does an Employer Apply for the 2020 HIRE Vets Medallion Program Award?

Applications opened Jan. 31, 2020, at Applicants will complete the application form, provide chief executive officer or chief human resources officer attestation and submit it electronically. The application period will close on April 30, 2020.

  • What are the Different Types of HIRE Vets Medallion Awards?

HIRE Vets Medallion Awards will be awarded by employer size: large employer awards for employers with 500 or more employees, medium employer awards for employers with more than 50 but fewer than 500 employees and small employer awards for employers with 50 or fewer employees. Within each of the three employer categories, there are two levels of awards: platinum and gold.

Learn more about the program’s criteria, timeline and application fee on this FAQ page. For more information about the program and the application, go to