Trump signs HIRE Vets bill into law


President Donald Trump signed Rep. Paul Cook's bill HR 244, the HIRE Vets Act of 2017, into law on Friday.

Rep. Cook, R-Apple Valley, had reintroduced this bipartisan bill earlier this year.

The HIRE Vets Act will promote private sector recruiting, hiring, and retaining of men and women who served honorably in the U.S. military through the voluntary participation of employers. It creates a self-funded awards program recognizing the efforts undertaken by employers to hire and retain veterans.

The HIRE Vets Act would allow businesses to display "HIRE Vets Medallions" on products and marketing materials. These medallions would be awarded as part of a two-tiered system associated with specific hiring and retention goals each year.

"I'm thrilled this bill has been signed into law," Cook said. "This is a big win for veterans and the companies who are truly making an effort to attract and hire more veterans. With passage of the HIRE Vets Act, we'll be able to see which companies truly live up to the employment promises they make to veterans.

"Veterans who serve this country honorably shouldn't struggle to find employment, and this bill creates an innovative system to encourage and recognize employers who make veterans a priority in their hiring practices. I'm grateful for the overwhelming support this bipartisan bill has received and look forward to its implementation."


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