April 10, 2019


Contact: Jenna Weisbord, 310-995-0839

Application Deadline for Prestigious Recognition Closes April 30

Washington, April 10 – The International Franchise Association (IFA) today encouraged its members to apply for the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) 2019 HIRE Vets Medallion Award.

This DOL recognition is the only federal-level award that recognizes employers of all sizes for their leadership in recruiting, employing, and retaining America's veterans.

“IFA’s research shows that veterans punch above their weight in franchising, making up a relatively high percentage of franchisees and hiring their fellow veterans at a higher rate as well,” said IFA President and CEO Robert Cresanti. “The HIRE Vets Medallion Award provides an important opportunity to reenergize employers – franchisors, franchisees and suppliers alike, who are supporting the heroes who have served our nation.”

The Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans Act of 2017 (HIRE Vets Act) was signed into law by President Donald J. Trump on May 5, 2017. This year marks the first full year of the award competition.

Applicants are evaluated on a range of criteria, including veteran hiring and retention rates, the availability of veteran-specific resources like leadership programs and dedicated human resources, as well as compensation and tuition assistance programs. Individual franchisees, multi-unit franchisees, and corporate offices of each brand are all eligible to apply.

To complete the application process, employers must verify that their company meets the award requirements, pay the application fee, and ensure compliance with the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) and the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Act (VEVRAA). The deadline to apply is April 30, 2019.

To learn more about the award, and to apply, please visit


About the International Franchise Association

Celebrating 59 years of excellence, education, and advocacy, the International Franchise Association is the world's oldest and largest organization representing franchising worldwide. IFA works through its government relations and public policy, media relations and educational programs to protect, enhance and promote franchising and the more than733,000 franchise establishments that support nearly 7.6 million direct jobs, $674.3 billion of economic output for the U.S. economy and 2.5 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). IFA members include franchise companies in over 300 different business format categories, individual franchisees, and companies that support the industry in marketing, law, technology and business development.