HIRE Vets 
Medallion Program

Recognizing employers for their investments in recruiting, employing, and retaining our nation’s heroes.

Congratulations to our 2021 Award Recipients

Gold and Platinum HVMP Award medallions

Honoring the Employers who
Hire our Nation's Heroes

The HIRE Vets Medallion Award is the only federal-level veterans’ employment award that recognizes a company or organization’s commitment to veteran hiring, retention, and professional development. Review the criteria for the 2022 award cycle.

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August 2021

American Systems Corp., Midsize No. 3 | Top Workplaces

Virginian-Pilot Online Inside Business – August 16, 2021 - The employees of American Systems have quite a bit to be proud of. They’ve won several awards… In 2019 and 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor honored the company with the HIRE Vets Gold Medallion Award for its efforts to integrate American veterans back into the workforce.


August 2021

Start Checking Your List – December Will be Here Soon!

DE OFCCP Week In Review: August 2021 - The U.S. Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service Agency (VETS) wants to help employers prepare to win the 2022 HIRE Vets Medallion Award. The deadline to meet the criteria for an award in 2022 is December 31, 2021. Criteria vary by company size…


July 2021

Governor Northam Announces MI Technical Solutions to Expand Facility in Chesapeake

Office of the Governor - RICHMOND , VA - Jul 2, 2021 - Governor Ralph Northam today announced that MI Technical Solutions, Inc. (MITS), a small business government contractor providing information technology services for military vessels, will invest $520,000 to expand its facility in the City of Chesapeake. MITS…was recently awarded the 2020 HIRE Vets Medallion by the U.S. Department of Labor for its efforts to recruit, employ, and retain veterans.


April 2021

VictoryShares: Blending ESG, Military Support

ETF.com – Apr. 29, 2021 - The ETF focuses on U.S. companies that prioritize the hiring of veterans and supporting them as employees. ... A new company may be added through… receive the highest recognition level from the Department of Labor’s HIRE Vets Medallion Program (Platinum) and from the Department of Defense’s ESGR Program (Freedom Award). Through these surveys and recognition programs, we can ensure that the companies in our ETF truly champion best practices for veterans.


April 2021

RISE Armament Honored for Veteran Hiring Focus

American Rifleman – Apr. 22, 2021 - RISE Armament recently received a Gold Medallion Award from the U.S. Department of Labor’s HIRE Vets Medallion Program ... “We’re very honored to receive this recognition,” said Matt Torres, president of RISE Armament. “But more than that, we’re proud and honored to employ veterans who play a major role in the success of our company.”


April 2021

CAE USA Ranks #15 in 2021 Best Places to Work

Philadelphia Business Journal – Apr. 22, 2021 - CAE USA has a strong commitment to programs that bolster and encourage the hiring and retention of military veterans, and has been recognized as both a Gold Medallion Award and Platinum Medallion Award recipient by the HIRE VETS program of the U.S. government.


Program Criteria

The Department of Labor will begin accepting applications for the 2022 HIRE Vets Medallion Award on January 31, 2022. View the 2022 timeline. To get started, select your company size below to view the gold and platinum award criteria or download a table with all criteria.

A table listing the Gold and Platinum HIRE Vets Medallion Program award criteria for medium employers
Medium 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 employee percentage 10% 7%
Veteran integration assistance programs

Must have BOTH of the following:

  • Veteran organization or resource group
  • Leadership program

AND ONE of the following:

  • Human resources veterans’ initiative
  • Pay differential program
  • Tuition assistance program

Must have ONE of the following:

  • Veteran organization or resource group
  • Leadership program
Application Fee $190 $190

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