Veteran Employment & Education

History: The Veterans Employment and Education (VE&E) Commission expanded its Employer Awards Program in 1969 when it created an award category for employers of veterans. Originally, departments were permitted to submit one nomination each for a large and a small employer of veterans. In 1992, the number of awards for employers of veterans was increased. Today, departments may submit a total of three nominations for this category for national consideration.

  • One nomination for a small company with 50 or fewer employees
  • One nomination for a medium sized company with workforces of 51 to 200
  • One nomination for a large company with 201 or more employees

National Awards: These awards, one in each of the three employers of veterans size categories, are presented at the National Convention. In order to be eligible for the Employer of Veterans Awards, nominees must meet the following criteria:

  • At least 10 percent of the nominee’s workforce must be veterans.
  • The nominee must have been in business for at least five years.
  • The nominee cannot restrict employment to veterans only.
  • The nominee must be a private sector employer. In other words, the nominee cannot be a city, state or federal employer.

A department that submits a nomination for an employer of veterans that does not meet the above criteria will receive a plaque for presentation. However, that nominee will not be eligible for a national award.

Selections of the Employer of Veterans Awards are made by the VE&E Commission Award Subcommittee, which meets during the annual Washington Conference.

The purpose of Award: To confer recognition on one small, one medium and one large employer in each state for outstanding records in the hiring and retention of veterans.

Deadline: The deadline for submission of nominations of employers of veterans is no later than January 15th. Nominations received after that date will not be eligible for consideration for the national award.

They also seek Departments with a Homeless Veteran Programs, companies who hire older workers, disabled workers, and do outreach.