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Operation Hire MD- Veterans' Employment Intiative

    Operation Hire Maryland






    The mission of Operation Hire Maryland is to create an ongoing program which supports employers as they develop or expand upon their veteran hiring and retention initiatives.   Through the collaboration and efforts of Operation Hire Maryland participants, a veteran friendly business network will be established to share best practices and proven methods for veteran recruitment, hiring, on boarding,& retention in the civilian work place.

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    Join Operation Hire MD & MDSHRM at one of their upcoming Networking events! The goal of the Operation Hire MD Networking events is to allow Operation Hire MD participants and employers interested in participating, an opportunity to hear from leading veteran recruiters on best practices and network. We hope you can join us at the next one! Information can be found either on the Operation Hire MD site or on the MDSHRM events page! 

    Veteran Employer Tool Kit: A comprehensive resource on how to establish hiring practices for the Veteran Community.

    July/August update in information and events for Operation Hire MD

    Senate passes HIRE Vets Act!

    he Senate recently passed HR 244, Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans Act of 2017, which had already passed through the House of Representatives in early 2017.

    The legislation, known as the HIRE Vets Act, is designed to promote the recruitment, hiring and retaining of veterans in the corporate sector.

    Representative Paul Cook sponsored the bill and said in a press release, “The HIRE Vets Act is an opportunity for Americans 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.”

    According to, HR 244 tasks the Department of Labor to establish a Hire Vets Medallion Program, which creates a Gold HIRE Vets Medallion Award and a Platinum HIRE Vets Medallion Award for employers.

    The award of a medallion by the Department of Labor to employers is based on the overall percentage of total company employees who are veterans, the percentage of employees who are retained, whether the company establishes veterans’ assistance and training programs, if the organization employs human resource specialists for veterans and what levels of support the employer provides for income and tuition for veterans.

    But, the bill does not address recruitment, hiring or retention of disabled veterans.

    “This bill is a step in the right direction, but it’s my hope more will be done to ensure disabled veterans in particular are not forgotten,” said National Employment Director Jeff Hall. “The 2015 census tells us there are about 4 million veterans with a service-connected disability rating in this country. That’s a huge pool of talent for employers to tap into.”

    A study conducted by i4cp, a marketing and research firm, collected data from over 200 organizations and found at least 75 percent of employers surveyed who hired people with disabilities reported disabled employees exceeded their expectations, while 79 percent said they hired disabled workers because they’re dependable and 74 percent reported high productivity among disabled employees.

    Anthony Kennedy Shriver who authored the foreword of the study said the research found that disabled employees were “enormously talented, loyal, hard-working and driven.”

    There’s a lot of corroborating evidence out there that illustrates how hiring disabled employees is good for business,” said Hall. “Employers and lawmakers should keep in mind this group of people who have very positive attributes to bring to the workforce when considering the issue of veteran employment.”

    In an effort to teach others how to recruit Veterans, please check out this upcoming webinar: 

    RecruitCon 2017 Feature | How to Build a Strong Recruiting Pool for Military Vets and Help Them Transition to Civilian Careers

    Live Webinar: Friday, June 16, 2017

    2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern / 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Pacific

    WEBINAR SNAPSHOT: Learn real-world best practices on how to build a highly successful approach for recruiting and hiring veterans.

    Register Here! 

    President Donald Trump just signed the Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans Act (the HIRE Vets Act) into law. As a result, the Department of Labor has launched the HIRE Vets Medallion Program to recognize employers that recruit, employ, and retain veterans. Through the DOL’s program, large employers will be eligible for two awards, the Gold HIRE Vets Medallion and the Platinum HIRE Vets Medallion Award, and it will also establish similar awards for small-to-mid-size businesses.

    Given that the U.S. Armed Forces is the best in the world—comprised of many capable men and woman who are seeking to re-enter the civilian workforce following their years of service—with the passage of the HIRE Vets Act, it’s clear that now is the time to consider whether you’ve got a successful way of reaching would-be recruits who may have been off the prospective employment grid but who could be tremendously valuable assets to your organization.

    Let us show you how one organization has nailed its efforts to recruit and retain veterans. Join us on June 16 when Lori Calderon, director of talent acquisition at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, will show you how to design a highly successful approach for recruiting and hiring veterans.

    You’ll learn: 

    • The phases of creating a successful initiative to recruit veterans, including what specifically should happen during the critical first and second phases 
    • How to determine the program’s purpose and intent 
    • 4 key steps to developing a program that succeeds at helping military service members transition to their civilian careers within your organization 
    • Tips for tracking and evaluating your progress 
    • Recommendations on how to celebrate your recruiting veterans program to build your company’s brand and reputation