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Medallion program encourages hiring veterans

A program that encourages companies to hire veterans has the backing of the governor and the Commerce Department.

Gov. Kay Ivey and Commerce Secretary Fitzgerald Washington discussed their support with the Hire Vets Medallion Award Program.

“We need our veterans in Alabama’s workforce, and as governor, I’ve made it a priority to connect their diverse talents with meaningful opportunities,” said Ivey. “These extraordinary men and women deserve our very best, and I am proud of Alabama’s world-class employers for helping our veterans provide for themselves and their families after service.”

Washington spoke of the success of the program.

“This is an extremely successful program, and I’m proud that so many of Alabama’s employers are making the commitment to hire veterans,” he said. “Veterans are multi-skilled and dedicated workers, and bring so much to the table.

“They are extremely valuable employees.”

The awards given to businesses for hiring veterans are the only federal-level veterans’ employment award that recognizes a company or organization’s commitment to veteran hiring, retention, and professional development.

Nearly three dozen Alabama companies received the Hire Vets Medallion in 2022. Since the beginning of the program, 104 state businesses have been honored for hiring veterans.

The application period for employers runs to April 30. For information on the program, visit HireVets.gov or an Alabama Career Center.

Austen Shipley is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News.

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