Medallion Program

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

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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. Apply now.

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February 2021

Nueces County awarded Gold Medallion for efforts to employ veterans

KRIS Corpus Christi News – Feb. 10, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Labor recently recognized the county's human resources department with its "HIRE Vets Gold Medallion." The county was ...


February 2021

State grants aim to add internships, support economic development 

Grand Forks Herald – Feb. 9, 2021 - Two state grants for nonprofits and businesses are now available, as well as a program to promote companies that hire veterans…. Applications are also open for the HIRE Vets Medallion Award Program, which highlights companies that hire and retrain veterans in new careers....


February 2021

Chester’s Market recognized for hiring veterans

Newport News Times - Feb. 2, 2021 - DEPOE BAY - Chester's Market was recognized for its commitment to employing veterans on Jan. 26 when it received the HIRE Vets Medallion ... Jerry Flores, a local veterans employment representative from Worksource Oregon, presented the award and congratulated Smith on being the first in the five-county region…



February 2021

Chad Price and Mako Medical: Passionate Disruptors of Health Care

NewsCase - Mako also seeks to empower veterans with meaningful careers, so more than half of its 500 employees are veterans. For their efforts, Chad Price and Mako Medical were recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor in 2020 with the HIRE Vets Medallion.… 

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Program Criteria

The Department of Labor will begin accepting applications for the 2021 HIRE Vets Medallion Award on January 31, 2021. View the 2021 timeline. To get started, select your company size below to view the gold and platinum award criteria or download a table with all criteria.

Small 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 at least TWO of the following:

  • Veteran organization or resource group
  • Leadership program
  • Human resources veterans’ initiative
  • Pay differential program
  • Tuition assistance program
Application Fee $90 $90

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