Knight Federal Receives the HIRE Vets Medallion Award for its Commitment to Recruiting and Retaining U.S. Military Veterans

Matthew Herring, Knight Federal's VP Business Development accepts HIRE Vets Platinum Medallion Award from Deputy Assistant Secretary for Operations, Sam Shellenberger at the HIRE Vets Awards.
Matthew Herring, Knight Federal’s VP Business Development accepts HIRE Vets Platinum Medallion Award from Deputy Assistant Secretary for Operations, Sam Shellenberger at the HIRE Vets Awards.

Knight Federal honored as a veteran-friendly workplace


Knight Federal has received the HIRE Vets Platinum Medallion Award from the U.S. Department of Labor for its commitment to hiring U.S. military veterans. Knight Federal is one of only 6 employers in Florida to receive this recognition.  26 Employers  headquartered in Florida received the Gold award.

“Knight Federal is extremely proud of this achievement,” says Chris Baeten, CEO of Knight Federal Solutions. “Veterans are proven leaders who bring a valuable skill set to our company. We are honored by this recognition of our commitment to advancing veteran careers. And we see investing in veteran-specific programs and resources as an ongoing part of our talent development strategy.”

Committed to veteran hiring and retention

The U.S. Department of Labor launched the HIRE Vets Medallion Program as an effort to recognize employers for their commitment in recruiting, employing and retaining veterans. It is the only veterans hiring award at the federal level. Knight Federal was evaluated based on its veteran hiring and retention practices, availability of veteran-specific resources, leadership programming for veterans, dedicated human resources, and compensation and tuition assistance programs for veterans.

Knight Federal aims to provide civilian careers for military veterans by creating a culture that includes principles that veterans valued in active duty, such as teamwork, taking pride in what you do, valuing new ideas, and an environment that fosters teaching and learning.

Supporting military families

Knight Federal doesn’t just offer support to veterans, but also to their families. Knight Federal understands that a person’s career change can impact their family, too, so it partners with the Department of Defense to connect military spouses with a network of partner employers who are committed to hiring military spouse talent.

A clear strategy for veterans

Shawn Lopez, Program Manager of the Purple Knight Initiative, is a military veteran who has thrived in a career at Knight Federal thanks to the company’s culture and values.

“After military retirement, I longed for an organization whose values aligned with mine. It is evident that Knight Federal has a clear strategy, and I could see how my experience and personal attributes could lend to the organization’s vision and goals,” says Lopez.

Knight Federal has developed the Purple Knight Initiative.  Collaborating with government agencies and their prime contractors, non-profit organizations, corporations and the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, this program provides paid internships to wounded warriors who are looking to learn a new career in fields that are conducive to their disabilities and desires for employment.

“We developed this program to address a critical need by our nation’s combat disabled veterans.  By connecting companies and employers with qualified, impactful and passionate veterans, we can offer hope to advocate, embrace, empower and support them to lead a higher quality of life and be in a better position to support themselves and their families financially,” says Chris Baeten, CEO of Knight Federal.

With the veteran in mind first, Knight Federal Solutions is dedicated to the safety and welfare of the veteran and will do its best to educate, manage, and train all employees on veterans in the workforce, including finding reliable resources for the veteran’s needs.

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Knight Federal’s services make a difference in the world. And, with many career vacancies available to talented and ambitious candidates, a career with Knight Federal is a smart choice.   Visit our career page for the latest openings!