Rep. Cook Joins in National Recognition of Employers Who Hire Veterans

By on November 10, 2018
HIRE Vets Act of 2017 legislation

In February 2017, Yucaipa’s U. S. Congressman Paul Cook (R-8th District-Apple Valley) saw his legislation — HR 244, the HIRE Vets Act of 2017 — overwhelmingly pass the House of Representatives vote with bipartisan support. On Thursday, Rep. Cook attended the U.S. Department of Labor’s announcement of the 2018 HIRE (Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing) Vets Medallion Program Demonstration Award, recognizing the meaningful and verifiable efforts undertaken by job creators to hire and retain veterans.

“It’s an honor to see this legislation come to fruition, Said Rep. Cook. “Today’s recipients deserve to be recognized for making significant strides toward hiring more veterans. Veterans who serve this country honorably shouldn’t struggle to find employment, and this bill creates an innovative system to encourage and recognize employers who make veterans a priority in their hiring practices. I look forward to seeing full implementation of the program next year.”

The HIRE Vets Act promotes private sector recruiting, hiring, and retaining of men and women who served honorably in the U.S. military through the voluntary participation of employers. President Donald Trump signed Rep. Cook’s bill, H.R. 244, the HIRE American Military Veterans Act, in 2017 officially creating the HIRE Vets Medallion Program.

The bill has created both the program to encourage employers to hire vets and the awards program recognizing the meaningful and verifiable efforts undertaken by employers – both large and small – to hire and retain veterans. Through the U.S. Department of Labor, the HIRE Vets Act allows businesses to display “HIRE Vets Medallions” on products and marketing materials. These medallions are awarded as part of specific hiring and retention goals each year.

The newly-honored recipients of the 2018 HIRE Vets Medallion Program Demonstration Award were evaluated based on a range of criteria, including:

  • Veteran hiring and retention
  • Availability of veteran-specific resources
  • Leadership programming for veterans
  • Dedicated human resources
  • Compensation and tuition assistance programs for veterans

The second round of applications for 2019’s HIRE Vets Medallion Program will be open to employers as of January 31, 2019. For more information about the HIRE Vets Medallion Program and Award, please go to:

Congratulations to the first year’s recipients of the HIRE Vets Medallion Program!