LEESBURG, Va. – U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia recognized the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes (Coalition) as one of the 675 recipients of the 2020 HIRE Vets Medallion Award during an award ceremony at the U.S. Department of Labor.

The Coalition earned the Gold Award after applying earlier this year. The Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans Act (HIRE Vets Act) Medallion Program is the only federal award program that recognizes job creators that successfully recruit, hire, and retain veterans.

“There are no harder-working or more dedicated individuals than U.S. Veterans, so of course the Coalition hires them!” said David Walker, President & CEO of the Coalition, a leading not-for-profit organization dedicated to rebuilding the lives of severely wounded veterans of the global War on Terror. “We’re proud to be recognized with this award, along with so many other companies and organizations across the land that recognize the unique talents, strengths and skills offered by our Veterans, and are wise enough to offer these amazing men and women an opportunity to shine.”

The Coalition joins companies from 49 states, plus the District of Columbia, that have shown a commitment to hiring veterans, while also ensuring they have a long-term career and growth plan that uses the diverse skills they acquired through their military service. 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.

About the HIRE Vets Medallion Program

The HIRE Vets Medallion Award is earned by leading businesses that demonstrate an unparalleled commitment to attracting and retaining veterans. The 2021 HIRE Vets Medallion Program will open to employers on Jan. 31, 2021. For more information about the program and the application process, visit www.HIREVets.gov.

About the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes
Since its establishment in 2004, the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes has provided an immediate, invaluable lifeline to thousands of America’s combat-wounded veterans. The Leesburg, VA-based organization is distinguished from other veteran-focused groups by its direct financial assistance to America’s wounded heroes. Its Emergency Financial Aid program has stopped foreclosure proceedings on veterans’ homes and kept their vehicles from being repossessed. Its innovative Heroes Thanking Heroes program provides transitional, part-time, flexible employment to nearly 50 combat-wounded veterans or their primary caregivers, enabling them to make phone calls from their homes, usually to personally thank donors for their contributions to the Coalition.

For more information on the Coalition, and to learn how you can support its mission, visit saluteheroes.org.  Combat-wounded/disabled OIF/OEF/OND veterans are invited to join the Coalition and expand their camaraderie network by enrolling in the Veteran Circle program at saluteheroes-vetcircle.org.

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