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AVIAN Receives 2023 HIRE Vets Medallion Award from The U.S. Department of Labor

LEXINGTON PARK, Md. – U.S. Acting Secretary of Labor Julie A. Su recognized AVIAN as one of the 859 recipients of the 2023 HIRE Vets Medallion Award during a virtual award ceremony presented by U.S. Department of Labor. AVIAN 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 employers who successfully recruit, hire, and retain veterans.  

“At AVIAN, being honored as a Hire Vets Gold Medallion employer is more than an accolade—it's a testament to our unwavering commitment to a culture built on mutual care and respect,” Said Melissa Ball, AVIAN’s Recruiter. “Prioritizing those who have selflessly taken care of us, our veterans, is not just a duty; it's ingrained in our ethos. Our pledge to veteran hiring, career development, and retention reflects our belief that supporting those who served is not just a choice but a cornerstone of who we are as a company.” 

AVIAN joins 858 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 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; pay compensation and tuition assistance programs for veterans. More than 1,600 employers have earned a HIRE Vets Medallion Award since 2018.  

About AVIAN:

AVIAN (*ae-v-yin*) is an employee-owned business with over 350 employees and annual revenue exceeding $68 million. Headquartered in Lexington Park, Maryland, the company provides communication strategy and graphic design solutions; engineering design and systems engineering; test and evaluation of manned and unmanned aerial, surface, and subsurface systems; program, financial, and logistics management; workforce development and training; to 80 government and commercial clients across the United States.    

About the HIRE Vets Medallion Program:  

The HIRE Vets Medallion Award is earned by 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, 2024. For more information about the program and the application process, visit There are different awards for large employers (500-plus employees), medium employers (51-499 employees), and small employers (50 or fewer employees). Additionally, there are two award tiers: platinum and gold. 

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