Paul Cook (Republican – California) introduced the “Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans Act of 2017” or the “HIRE Vets Act”, to direct the Department of Labor to establish a program to recruit, employ and retain veterans and provide community and charitable services supporting the veteran community.
The bill was introduced on January 19, 2017 and was referred to the House Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity. The bill was presented to the House of Representatives floor on February 13, 2017. A tole call vote of yeas and nays was recorded and the measure passed 409-1.
The bill is to encourage effective, voluntary private sector investments to recruit, employ, and retain men and women who have served in the United States military with annual presidential awards to private sector employers recognizing such efforts, and for other purposes.
No later than 1 year after the bill is passed, the Secretary of Labor shall pass a regulation to solicit voluntary information from employers to distribute “HIRE Vets Medallions” which recognize verified efforts to recruit, employ, and retain veterans, and provide community and charitable services supporting the veteran community.
The Secretary will solicit and accept voluntary applications to determine whether those employers should receive a HIRE Vets Medallion. Annually, the President will notify recipients of their awards. On Veterans Day, the President will announce the recipients, recognize them through publication in the Federal Register, and issue a HIRE Vets Medallion to the recipients.
The bill lays out the groundwork for the applications for the Medallion, award process, and award levels, in addition to rules on how the Medallions may be displayed.
There were 19 Republican cosponsors and 8 Democratic cosponsors. A detailed list is located here.