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HIRE Vets Medallion Award Program

HIRE Vets Medallion Program
  • The only federal-level veterans’ employment award that recognizes a company or organization’s commitment to veteran hiring, retention, and professional development.
  • The HIRE Vets Medallion Award is based on a number of criteria, ranging from veteran hiring and retention to providing veteran-specific resources, leadership programming, dedicated human resources, and compensation and tuition assistance programs – with requirements varying for large, medium, and small employers.
  • Over 1,000 employers have been recognized for their commitment to recruiting, employing, and retaining America's veterans. This year 28 of the HIRE Vets Medallion Awardees are also sponsors or employer partners of Registered Apprenticeship programs!

Alaska Joint Electrical Apprenticeship and Training Trust

Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E)

Revolution National Pest Council

Capco, LLC.

Colorado Sheet Metal JATC

Colorado Springs Utilities

Battelle Energy Alliance

Paris Union School District No. 95

AM General

South Central Workforce Development Board

Technology Security Associates, Inc.

Dead River Company

General Dynamics-Bath Iron Works

Eastern Carolina Vocational Center, Inc (ECVC)

Miles Technology Solutions LLC

Three Way Plumbing Services

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Sandia National Laboratories

Converse Electric

Keystone Fire & Security

Mitchell Technical College

Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC

Dixon Management Group LLC

Adaptive Construction Solutions

Sysco Houston

Coronet Technology Enterprises, Inc.

Smoothstack, Inc.

Short Powerline Service, LLC

Become a Registered Apprenticeship Program

To learn more about the benefits of developing a Registered Apprenticeship or how to formally register your program, visit our Registered Apprenticeship Program page or use our Partner Finder to contact your nearest apprenticeship consultant.

Why Hire a Veteran for Your Apprenticeship Program?

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Employers have seen higher retention rates from veterans and report that their veteran employees demonstrate proven leadership, an ability to work well under pressure, and a strong work ethic – all valuable skills in an apprentice. As you look for a reliable talent pool, consider how your Registered Apprenticeship Program can attract veterans by getting approved to accept GI Bill® benefits and becoming a veteran-ready organization.

There are a variety of ways that you can connect your apprenticeship program with transitioning service members, veterans and their spouses. Find resources on how you can tap into a skilled and ready workforce to build your team.

Why Become Approved for the GI Bill Benefits?

Companies that want to hire veterans can provide an added incentive to attract skilled veterans. By becoming “Approved for GI Bill”, Registered Apprenticeship Programs can assist their current and future veteran apprentices with the benefits they’ve earned. Veterans who have existing benefits under the GI Bill and are participating in a VA-certified apprenticeship can use the GI Bill towards tuition and fee payments.

For more information on Post 9/11 GI Bill and Montgomery GI Bill Benefits visit the VA's Education and Training Resources 

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at

Get your Program Approved to Provide GI Bill Benefits


Register your apprenticeship program. To learn how to formally register your program, visit our Registered Apprenticeship Program page or use our Partner Finder to contact your nearest apprenticeship consultant.

Already registered your apprenticeship program? The next step is to seek GI Bill authorization from your Department of Veterans Affairs State Approving Agency, which is responsible for approving apprenticeship programs in your state. Requirements generally include submitting a training request form that specifically outlines the proposed program, wages, and standard workweek information, as well as the company contact name and phone number.

Registered Apprenticeship program sponsors (and employers) are provided a streamlined process for being certified under the GI Bill – typically within 30 days. Upon approval, Registered Apprenticeship sponsors are encouraged to promote their apprenticeships as Approved for the GI Bill to inform veterans about their eligibility for benefits as an apprentice with their organization.

You can find more information on becoming a program sponsor here.

What is the VALOR Act?

This policy streamlines how multi-state apprenticeship programs are certified by the VA for Education Benefits (such as GI Bill). Apprenticeship programs can be registered by the Office of Apprenticeship (OA) on a nationwide basis under OA’s National Program Standards of apprenticeship, provided that such programs meet the minimum criteria outlined in Circular 2022-01.  

Prior to this legislation, OA National Program Sponsors had to certify their program with a VA Education Approving Agency for each state in which the program operated. Now, they can certify one time with the VA Education Approving Agency in the state in which they are headquartered, and then be certified for Veteran Education Benefits across state lines.

Support for Veterans in Effective Apprenticeships Act of 2019

This policy further streamlines how multi-state apprenticeship programs are certified by the VA. Apprenticeship programs can be registered by the Office of Apprenticeship (OA) on a nationwide basis under OA’s National Program Standards of apprenticeship, provided that such programs meet the minimum criteria outlined in Circular 2022-01.     

Prior to this legislation, OA National Program Sponsors would register national apprenticeship programs, then have to identify the appropriate VA Education Approving Agency to apply for Veteran Education Benefits.  Now, once Sponsors register national apprenticeship programs, Proof of Registration is automatically forwarded to the appropriate VA Education Approving Agency to apply for Veteran Education Benefits.

What Does it Mean to be a Veteran-Ready Organization?

Being a veteran-ready organization requires that employers consider how best to recruit, onboard, and integrate veterans in their workplace. This goes beyond simply hiring veterans out of a sense of patriotism and civic duty and requires asking critical questions about the policies and programs that help create an organizational culture that supports veterans' needs. Below are questions that can help employers begin to think about how to go from veteran-friendly to veteran-ready organizations:

  • What are some of the keys to effectively screening veteran resumes and interviewing veteran candidates?
  • What programs or policies has your organization successfully implemented for recruiting, onboarding, and integrating veteran hires?
  • What resources, organizations, and programs have you leveraged to support the engagement, development, and retention of your veterans?
  • Do you have dedicated human resources professionals(s) or initiatives to support veterans within your organization?

Veterans have proven training and leadership skills. For employers seeking assistance in recruiting veterans, contact the U.S. Department of Labor's Veterans' Employment and Training Service to speak with a Regional Veterans Employment coordinator who can help you.


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