Press release from Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry:
ASHEVILLE, NC, NOVEMBER 2023 – U.S. Acting Secretary of Labor Julie A. Su recognized ABCCM as one of 859 recipients of the 2023 HIRE Vets Medallion Award during a virtual award ceremony presented by U.S. Department of Labor. ABCCM earned the Gold Award.
The Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans Act (HIRE Vets Act) Medallion Program is the only federal award program that recognizes employers who successfully recruit, hire, and retain veterans.
“We are honored to receive this recognition from our partners at the US Department of Labor, and take pride in serving our Veterans community,” says Brandon Wilson, Chief Operating Officer at ABCCM. “In addition to our comprehensive programs that provide training and education that lead to gainful employment for Veterans, we have always felt that in order to better serve our Veterans, hiring Veterans should be a top priority. We will continue to work with USDOL to recruit, hire and put Veterans into the workforce both as an employer and as a provider.”
ABCCM joins 858 companies from 49 states, plus the District of Columbia, who have shown a commitment to hiring veterans, but also ensuring that they have a long-term career and growth plan that uses the diverse skills they acquired through their military service.
Recipients of the 2023 HIRE Vets Medallion Award meet rigorous employment and veteran integration assistance criteria, including veteran hiring and retention percentages; availability of veteran-specific resources; leadership programming for veterans; dedicated human resource efforts; and pay compensation and tuition assistance programs for veterans. Approximately 1,600 employers have earned a HIRE Vets Medallion Award since 2018.
ABCCM serves Veterans and their families through Veterans Services of the Carolinas (VSC). ABCCM VSC offers Veterans Employment and Training Services (VETS) where 450 are trained and 80% are placed into living wage career level jobs. The VSC programs prevent homelessness for about 320 Veteran families a year. Veterans HOPE program outreaches to connect with the chronically homeless. Veterans Call Center responds to 2,000 crisis calls a month across all counties in NC, bringing resolution to most cases within 4 – 6 days. VSC has launched a new program to bring awareness and address Veterans’ suicide with the implementation of community crisis response teams. Please visit https://www.abccm.org/ministry-services/veterans-services-of-the-carolinas/ for more information about ABCCM VSC.
The HIRE Vets Medallion Award is earned by businesses that demonstrate unparalleled commitment to attracting, hiring and retaining veterans. For more information about the program and the application process, visit HIREVets.gov.