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Rep. Cook Lauds Local Business for Commitment to Hiring Veterans

WASHINGTON – Rep. Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley) announced today that Exquadrum Inc., headquartered in Adelanto, has been recognized by the federal government for their commitment to employing veterans.

Exquadrum, which provides innovative technology for government, military, and industry customers, received a Gold Medallion as part of the HIRE Vets Program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor. In order to qualify, Exquadrum had to meet certain thresholds which include hiring and retaining a certain percentage of veterans as part of their workforce.

The HIRE Vets Medallion Program was created in 2017 when Rep. Cook’s bill, HR 244, the HIRE Vets Act was signed into law. Specifically, the legislation established an awards program recognizing the meaningful and verifiable efforts undertaken by employers – both large and small – to hire and retain veterans. The program is designed to be self-funded and allows businesses to display “HIRE Vets Medallions” on products and marketing materials. Its goal is to 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.

Rep. Cook said, “It’s gratifying to see so many California businesses make a commitment to our veterans. Veterans who serve our country honorably shouldn’t struggle to find employment. As the author of the bill creating this program, it’s particularly rewarding when local businesses like Exquadrum are recognized. Throughout my time in Congress, taking care of our veterans has been a top priority and I’m pleased to see the HIRE Vets Medallion Program come to fruition.”

To learn more about the requirements of the HIRE Vets Medallion Program, click here.

A member of the House Natural Resources and Armed Services Committees, Cook served as an infantry officer and retired after 26 years as a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his time in combat, he was awarded the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts. Rep. Cook will retire from Congress next month when he takes a seat on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.

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