ABCCM Veterans Services of the Carolinas receives award from the U.S. Department of Labor

Press release from ABCCM 

U.S. Secretary of Labor Martin J. Walsh recognized Veterans Services of the Carolinas, a division of Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry, as one of the 835 recipients of the 2022 HIRE Vets Medallion Award during a virtual award ceremony presented by U.S. Department of Labor.

ABCCM’s growing ministry, Veterans Services of the Carolinas that serves Veterans and their families, earned the ‘GOLD’ award for their dedication to both hiring Veterans and providing education and training employment services to Veterans experiencing homelessness.

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.

“Hiring Veterans is a core value at ABCCM which we are honored to share with small and large businesses across North Carolina,” says Reverend Scott Rogers, ABCCM Executive Director. “Veterans are already trained by the military to protect, to serve, and complete their mission which is exactly what all employers are looking for to succeed in the marketplace.  We enjoy training and equipping Veterans to work in careers of their choosing and glad when they choose work and serve with us.”

ABCCM joins 834 other 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 2022 HIRE Vets Medallion Award meet rigorous employment and veteran integration

assistance criteria, including veteran hiring and retention percentages; availability of veteran-specific resources; leadership development for veterans; dedicated human resource efforts; and at times pay compensation and tuition assistance programs for veterans. More than 1,400 employers have earned a HIRE Vets Medallion Award since 2018.

Veterans Services of the Carolinas is a division of ABCCM and currently employs over 70 staff serving all 100 counties in North Carolina that supports our nation’s Veterans and their families with multiple programs that serve over 4,000 Veterans annually. Through direct programs; Housing, Employment and Training, Outreach, Call Center Service Coordination, and Suicide Prevention, VSC collaborates with community partners and faith communities to engage with Veterans and meet their critical needs.

“We are honored to have received this recognition,” Brandon Wilson, VSC Managing Director says. “With a blended approach to serving the Veterans community, we believe in a diverse team of non-Veterans and family members; however, our team also consists of 41% of Veterans that have worn the uniform. I know that this peer model approach has been instrumental in our ability to connect and serve our Military Connected communities with the highest level of care. As a grant recipient of two Homeless Veterans Re-Integration Programs from the VETS team we are grateful for the Department’s continued dedication to support community organizations serving our Veterans.”

About the HIRE Vets Medallion Program:

The HIRE Vets Medallion Award is awarded to businesses that demonstrate unparalleled commitment to attracting, hiring and retaining veterans. The 2023 HIRE Vets Medallion Award application period will open to employers on Jan. 31, 2023. For more information about the program and the application process, visit

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