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Veteran Initiative

Support our Veteran talent!

SHRM-ECC invites you to assist Veterans and Transition Service Members (TSM)with interview development, resume writing and career training best practices. In most cases, for certified professionals, your volunteer time will qualify you for Continuing Education Unit’s (CEU’s).


Please register to participate in the following Employability workshops and/or events:

Hurlburt Wounded Warrior – Resume Review Session April 17, 11 am – 12 pm

Hurlburt Wounded Warrior – Mock Interview Sessions April 18, 8:00 – 12:00 pm

Hurlburt Wounded Warrior – Social Media April 19, 8:00 – 10:00 am

O2O – Mock Interviews (July, TBD)

O2O – HR Fundamentals Class (July TBD)

O2O – Mock Interviews (July, TBD)

O2O – HR Fundamentals Class (July TBD)

O2O – Social Media (July TBD)

O2O – Job Offers (July TBD)

O2O – Corporate Culture (July TBD)

Hurlburt Warrior Transition Program by Centurion Military Alliance (CMA) – August 8


Hire VETS Medallion Award Program


The Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans Act of 2017 (HIRE Vets Act or the Act), signed by President Trump on May 5, 2017, requires the Secretary of Labor to establish a program, by rule, that recognizes employer efforts to recruit, employ, and retain veterans. Employer-applicants meeting criteria established in the rule will receive a “HIRE Vets Medallion Award.” As described in the Act, 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: Gold and Platinum. For each award, the employer must satisfy a set of criteria. Verification of these criteria includes a self-attestation by the applicant and a check for violations of veteran related DOL labor laws by the U.S. Department of Labor. A Notice of Proposed Rulemaking was published on August 18, 2017. DOL’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) thoroughly evaluated and carefully considered all comments received. The Final Rule announced by the Secretary on November 9, 2017 is available for viewing on the Federal Register website. The Final Rule will become effective in January 2018 and VETS will begin accepting applications for this award in January 2019.


Criteria for recognition vary by level (Platinum or Gold) and employer size (Large, Medium, and Small). However, the criteria for most of the awards are based upon the following measures:

1.    Percentage of new hires during the previous year that are veterans

2.    Percentage of veteran employees retained for a period of at least 12 months

3.    Percentage of employees who are veterans;

4.    Provision of an employee veteran organization or resource group to assist new veteran employees with integration, including coaching and mentoring;

5.    Provision of programs to enhance the leadership skills of veteran employees during their employment;

6.    Employment of a dedicated human resources professional or initiatives to support hiring, training, and retention of veteran employees;

7.    Provision of compensation, to employees serving on active duty in the United States National Guard or Reserve, that is sufficient, in combination with the employee’s active duty pay, to achieve a combined level of income commensurate with the employee’s salary prior to undertaking active duty;

8.    Provision of a tuition assistance program to support veteran employees’ attendance in postsecondary education during the term of their employment; and

9.    Employer with an adverse labor law decision, stipulated agreement, contract debarment, or contract termination, as defined in the rule, pursuant to either of the following labor laws will not be eligible to receive an Award: Uniform Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA); or Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA).

Most awards do not require the employer-applicant to satisfy all of the above criteria. Please see the Final Rule for additional information about what criteria apply to each award or download a table with all criteria.


Beginning in 2019, VETS will:

    1.     Solicit applications no later than January 31;  
    2.     Stop accepting applications on April 30;  
    3.     Finish reviewing applications no later than August 31 and select the employers to receive HIRE Vets Medallion Awards no later than September 30; and  
    4.     Notify employers who will receive HIRE Vets Medallion Awards no later than October 11. VETS will also notify applicants who will not be receiving an Award at that time.  
    5.     Announce the names of award recipients at a time to coincide with Veterans Day. 


The Act requires the Secretary to establish a fee sufficient to cover the costs associated with carrying out the HIRE Vets Medallion Program. Application fees for 2019 are: 

    1.     Small Employer—$90.00  
    2.     Medium Employer—$190.00  
    3.     Large Employer—$495.00. 

If a significant adjustment is needed to arrive at a new fee for future years of the Program, for any reason other than inflation, then a proposed rule containing the new fees will be published in the Federal Register for comment. HIRE Vets Medallion Award Successful employers will receive a certificate stating the year for which it was awarded and a digital image of the medallion to use, including as part of an advertisement, solicitation, business activity, or product. Benefits of the Rule The purpose of the HIRE Vets Medallion Award is to recognize employers who have employed and retained veterans, including their efforts to establish employee development programs for veterans, and employers who offer veteran specific benefits to improve retention. Award recipients will have the opportunity to utilize the medallion in the marketing of their firm as a veteran friendly business when hiring, and in efforts to attract additional business. Effective Date The Final Rule will go into effect 60 days after publication in the Federal Register.

The following sample HIRE Vets Medallion Program Application forms were made available during the 2018 Program Demonstration to assist with planning for and filling out online applications.

   Small Platinum
Medium Platinum
Large Platinum

   Small Gold
Medium Gold
Large Gold



Veterans at Work Certificate Program


The Veterans at Work Certificate, developed for HR professionals, hiring managers, and front-line supervisors, is a multi-faceted program from the SHRM Foundation and brought to you with generous support from Comcast NBCUniversal. Through this certificate program you will:


  • Learn the value that skilled veterans bring to the civilian workplace

  • Demonstrate your commitment to attract, hire and retain these talented professionals

  • Earn 10 professional development credits toward your SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP recertification


The Veterans at Work Certificate is completely free and open to all. You do not need to be a SHRM member, and you do not need to hold a SHRM credential to earn this certificate. However, if you are interested in joining SHRM or earning your HR certification, we highly recommend both. When you join SHRM, you also become eligible to apply for several SHRM Foundation scholarships and grants



The Veterans at Work Certificate requires the completion of five tasks (see "Application" section), consisting of two surveys, two learning segments, and a short quiz. You must complete all tasks satisfactorily to earn the certificate as well as to earn recertification credits if you already hold a SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. Note that you do not need to hold any other SHRM credential to earn your Veterans at Work Certificate.


DoD SkillBridge

The CareerSource Okaloosa Walton, in conjunction with the Eglin & Hurlburt Education Center, is pleased to announce the DoD Career Skills Program (CSP) - Internship. The program allows Active Duty Service members, within 180 days of separation, to intern with local employers.


Benefits to Businesses:

§  Build a talent pipeline to fill potential job opportunities.

§  Access to candidates with specialized skills holding an   active security clearance.

§  Customized training, your way

§  Worker’s Compensation provided by the DoD.

§  Simple process, minimal paperwork.

§  Interns will continue receiving their normal active duty salary and benefits while in training.

FLSA Approved Unpaid Internships


What is the Process?


1.    Meet/interview the potential intern.

2.    Provide job titles of potential internship opportunities.

3.    Provide job descriptions along with additional requirements, etc.

4.    Begin internship after receiving approval from service member’s       

5.    commander. 


What is the Duration of the Internships?

The duration of the training is based on service member’s needs as approved by heir commander (No more than 6 months).


How Can my Business get Added to the List of Available Internship Opportunities?


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