News : Digital Defense, Inc. Awarded the Platinum Medallion Award by the US Department of Labor
San Antonio, TX, November 7, 2019 -- Digital Defense, Inc. announced that it has been awarded the Platinum Medallion Award by the US Department of Labor for the hiring and retaining of veterans. As the only veteran hiring award at the federal level, the Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans (HIRE Vets) Medallion Program implements the requirements of Public Law 115-31, the HIRE Vets Act of 2017 signed by President Donald J. Trump in May 2017.
"I would personally like to extend my congratulations on your exemplary efforts to recruit, employ, and retain our nation’s veterans," said J.S. Shellenberger, Acting Assistant Secretary Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS). "Digital Defense, Inc. demonstrated a model of patriotism worthy of praise as well as a recognition of the value veterans bring to the workplace."
Digital Defense collectively works to build awareness and mine the local San Antonio area for candidates that have separated, are separating or currently continue to serve in a National Guard or Reserve role with the military. Internships and direct hires work within the security operations, management information systems, engineering or technology departments, learning keys skills required to work within information technology in the civilian sector. Several veterans within the company personally mentor these new individuals and help them navigate through unfamiliar areas such as healthcare, 401 K participation, etc. They also receive training from internal and external resources to help them spin up in their new roles.
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"As an Air Force veteran who previously transitioned from the military into a civilian role, I know first-hand how difficult that transition can be," said Mark Bell, EVP, operations at Digital Defense, Inc. "Being in a position to now help my fellow veterans transition into and succeed within the civilian workforce is a great honor for me."
Digital Defense’s Leadership Program actively identifies and fosters candidates for leadership positions through mentorship, internal and external training and providing opportunities for growth and increased responsibility. This program enhances leadership qualities the employee has already gained through his/her service in the military. Through this program, Digital Defense has grown several veterans who started out in entry-level or intermediate positions into corporate leaders.
Brian Lowe, who recently retired after over 22 years of service in the Air Force and is now a member of the Managed Security Operations team stated, "Digital Defense allowed me to gain invaluable job experience across multiple functions while I was an intern as part of the Air Force’s Career Skills Program (CSP). Upon completing the CSP, Digital Defense offered me a full-time job as an IT Security Specialist. The company and other veterans on the staff made the transition to the civilian workforce a breeze."
Digital Defense encourages all employees (veterans and non-veterans alike) to advance their education and improve their work skills. The company reimburses employees for the cost of their tuition, fees and books for educational courses, seminars and workshops that are related to their job.
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