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Medallion Program

Shining a light on employers who hire our nation’s heroes.

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Honoring the Employers who
Hire our Nation's Heroes

The Department of Labor is establishing this program under the Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans Act, or HIRE Vets Act. President Donald J. Trump signed the act into law May 5, 2017.

On January 18, 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor announced the launch of the HIRE Vets Medallion Program Demonstration — an effort that will recognize up to 300 employers for their investments in recruiting, employing, and retaining our nation’s veterans.

2018 Program Demonstration Application Period Concluded

We are pleased to relay that we have received our 300th successfully submitted application! Thank you to all of our registered employers for your participation in the initial phase of the 2018 HIRE Vets Medallion Program (HVMP) Demonstration. The next phase of the Program Demonstration will be the final review of the 300 applications.

We can no longer accept new registrations or applications for the Program Demonstration. Employers who have started, but not completed, an application may still continue through this process and save the application in the system for review next year. Anyone may download a copy of the application for review and preparation for next year. We encourage you to stay tuned to HIREVets.gov for updates as we complete the 2018 Program Demonstration cycle and begin to prepare for the 2019 Award cycle.

HIRE Vets Medallion Program

The purpose of this demonstration is to conduct a test of the application, review, and award processes for the HIRE Vets Medallion Program under the HIRE Vets Act, which will launch in 2019. As such, the application and the accompanying instructions reference the HIRE Vets Medallion Program regulations at 20 CFR part 1011. The demonstration will follow the policies set forth in the regulations. Thus, to the extent that the regulations are referenced, the regulation language is being incorporated in the application and the accompanying instructions in order to fully test the process. For more information about the demonstration, please see the FAQ Page.


About the Program

HIRE Vets recognizes employers who recruit and retain our heroes.

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Program Criteria

The Department of Labor is not currently accepting applications. To get started, select your company size below to view the gold and platinum award criteria. For additional details about this program read the Act and the program rule.

Large Employer Requirements HIRE Vets Platinum MedallionPlatinum HIRE Vets Gold MedallionGold
Percentage of new hires who are veterans 10% 7%
Percentage of veterans who were retained 85% 75%
Veteran integration assistance programs

Must have ALL of the following:

  • Veteran organization or resource group
  • Leadership program
  • Dedicated human resources professional(s)
  • Pay differential program
  • Tuition assistance program

Must have BOTH of the following:

  • Veteran organization or resource group
  • Leadership program

“The Department of Labor looks forward to shining the spotlight on employers who make hiring veterans a priority and encouraging other employers to hire our nation's heroes.”


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