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AVIAN honored as a 2023 VETS Indexes 4-Star Recognized Employer

LEXINGTON PARK, Md. – AVIAN has earned the designation VETS Indexes 4-Star Recognized Employer as part of the 2023 VETS Indexes Employer Awards.

In the past year, AVIAN has enhanced its support to veteran and veteran-connected employees, earning the company a higher recognition from VETS Indexes. The award recognizes the organization’s commitment to recruiting, hiring, retaining, developing, and supporting veterans and the military-connected community. 

“AVIAN stands out from the pack as one of the best employers nationwide for veterans, members of the National Guard and Reserves, and military spouses,” said George Altman, managing director of VETS Indexes.  

As the most objective and comprehensive evaluation of veteran employers, the VETS Indexes Employer Awards have been featured on CNBC, as well as military-specific outlets, including Its in-depth survey and recognition program analyze employers’ policies, practices, and outcomes in detail, across the following 5 categories: 

★     Veteran job candidate recruiting and hiring 
★     Veteran employee development and retention 
★     Veteran-inclusive company policies and culture 
★     Support for members of the National Guard and Reserves 
★     Military spouse/family support 

"Taking care of veterans and members of the military-connected community is part of the fabric of our corporate value," said Cmdr. Kevin Switick, USN (Ret.), AVIAN's Chief Executive Officer. "Our corporate value is to take care of each other. I learned that powerful value during my time in the Navy and am committed to keeping it a priority in our company."  

“As more and more employers recognize the cutting-edge technical skills and soft skills veterans bring to the workplace, the race to attract military-connected talent gets increasingly competitive. The number of organizations participating in the 2023 VETS Indexes Employer Awards more than doubled since last year – but even in this highly competitive environment, AVIAN distinguished itself as a leader among veteran employers and should be commended,” Altman said.  

This year, a record number of 239 organizations participated in the VETS Indexes Employer Awards, more than double the 118 participants in 2022. Of those, VETS Indexes recognized 200 organizations across the following award levels: 5 Star Employer, 4 Star Employer, 3 Star Employer, and Recognized Employer. Not every responding organization made the cut – only those that demonstrated a strong commitment to veterans, members of the National Guard and Reserves, and military spouses. Participating organizations included companies large and small, government agencies and departments, nonprofit groups, colleges, and universities. Click this link to see the full slate of awardees:

About AVIAN 

AVIAN is a veteran and employee-owned government services small business headquartered in Lexington Park, Maryland with over 350 employees across the country. 

Currently, AVIAN employs over 95 veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces and more than two dozen military connected individuals. AVIAN is a participating employer of the DoD Skillbridge program for transitioning service members and actively participates in recruiting and military support opportunities organized by The AVA Group.  

AVIAN is a three-time honoree on the Inc. Best Workplaces in America list (2018, 2020, 2022) and a 10-time honoree on the Inc. 500 | 5000 lists of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies. AVIAN ranked No. 230 in 2010, No. 267 in 2011, No. 660 in 2012, No. 1675 in 2013, No. 2630 in 2014, No. 2417 in 2015, No. 3599 in 2016, No. 3764 in 2017, No. 4878 in 2018 and No. 4496 in 2019. 

AVIAN believes talent and passion generate solutions to today’s business challenges. We understand that these characteristics thrive in a business culture that embraces innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurial spirit. 
We are resourceful, responsive and reachable for our clients in program, financial, and logistics management; engineering and systems engineering; test and evaluation of manned and unmanned surface, subsurface and aerial systems; workforce development and training; communication strategy and graphic design. 

About VETS Indexes  

VETS Indexes is a leading voice on veteran employment issues, overseeing the VETS Indexes Employer Awards, hosting the twice-yearly Employing U.S. Vets Conference, unearthing unique and unprecedented data on veteran employment through the Veteran Employment Benchmarking Service, and developing custom indexes, linked to financial products, that track the performance of the publicly traded companies that have established themselves as the best employers for veterans.  

The VETSX and VTRNIX indexes were created on the premise that the companies that make the best use of the highly talented, yet under-valued, talent pool that veterans represent will ultimately see a benefit to their bottom lines.

The performance of the indexes has emphatically confirmed that thesis, outpacing the S&P 500.    

As the world’s first resource for U.S. veteran themed indexes, our mission is to provide innovative solutions that recognize the value created by the mission-critical mindset, unique skills, and specialized training that veterans bring to the workplace. Our mission also includes a commitment to always donate a significant portion (target of 20% and no less than 5%) of our net profits to charitable organizations that support veterans and their families.   

“SERVING THOSE WHO SERVED” - VETS Indexes provides a social and governance impact via those public companies that support the hiring and professional development of our military veterans.   

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