AGS on Thursday said it has received the highest and most prestigious award for commitment to US military veterans, the 2021 HIRE Vets Platinum Medallion.
The award was made through the US Department of Labor’s HIRE Vets program. The award is given annually to companies that demonstrate commitment and leadership in recruiting, employing and retaining military veterans, as well as providing veteran integration assistance programs.
November 11 is Veterans Day in the United States.
AGS said by meeting the criteria required for a Platinum Medallion Award, the highest level of the program, the company, “demonstrated both patriotism and recognition of the value veterans bring to the workplace,” according to the DOL.
AGS noted it was one of just five companies in Nevada to earn a Platinum Medallion through the HIRE Vets program, and said it was the only gaming company in the country to receive the designation.
The DOL said the HIRE Vets Medallion award was initiated by the Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans (HIRE Vets) Act of 2017. The DOL said recipients demonstrate to their customers and future employees that they are dedicated to hiring veterans and supporting their careers.
The HIRE Vets Medallion Award is the only federal-level veterans’ employment award that recognizes employers.
AGS said veterans make up approximately 11% of its overall workforce. In addition, the company said it empowers and supports its veteran employees and their families in their communities with a focus on quality of life – housing, spirituality, education, health, recreation and access to benefits. AGS added it is dedicated to honoring the US military through a variety of community outreach initiatives and support of local and national veteran’s organizations.
“At AGS, we recognize that because of their backgrounds and experience, veterans bring leadership, diversity and a spirit of collaboration to our company where they are valuable contributors to our success,” AGS president and CEO David Lopez, an eight-year military veteran, said in a statement. “We have made a firm commitment to not only hire more veterans, but to provide support and resources to our veteran employees and their families so they can thrive at work and in their communities. We are honored to receive the Platinum Medallion through HIRE Vets and remain passionate about further bolstering our veteran’s initiatives.”
AGS is a global supplier of commercial gaming products with roots in the Class II Native American gaming market. It offers Class II and Class III slot products, a table products portfolio, real-money gaming platforms and content, and social casino solutions for operators and players.