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Golden Key Group receives HIRE Vets Gold Medallion Award for Second Year in a Row

Department of Labor recognizes GKG’s efforts to recruit, employ, and retain veterans...again!

Reston, VA – November 9, 2022


Golden Key Group (GKG), a professional services firm redefining workforce optimization, is a 2022 recipient of the HIRE Vets Gold Medallion Award from the U.S. Department of Labor for the second year in a row. The award recognizes exemplary efforts in recruiting, employing, and retaining America’s veterans. 

“At GKG, we recognize that veterans are highly-skilled problem solvers and thrive as part of a team – they bring priceless value to our workforce,” said Gretchen McCracken, GKG’s founder and CEO “Since day one, hiring veterans has been a high priority within the company and we are thrilled to receive this award again this year.”


GKG joins 834 other companies from 49 states, plus the District of Columbia, who have shown a commitment to hiring veterans, but also ensuring that they have a long-term career and growth plan that uses the diverse skills they acquired through their military service. 

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Beyond GKG’s investment in recruiting, hiring, and retaining veterans, the company also strives to support veterans within its ranks. In 2021, GKG launched a Veteran Resource Group (VRG) with a mission to increase awareness of veteran issues, provide a collaborative network supporting the professional development of veteran employees, and advance policies supporting veteran inclusion, retention, and career mobility. 


This is GKG’s fifth official recognition as a veteran-friendly employer in the past two years. In March of 2021, GKG became Virginia Values Veterans (V3) certified – an official program of the Commonwealth of Virginia. In July of 2021, GKG became Hire Our Heroes certified. Hire Our Heroes is the top destination for veterans seeking employment. In November of 2021, GKG received their first HIRE Vets Gold Medallion Award. In July of this year, CEO Gretchen McCracken was awarded the Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve (ESGR) Patriot Award on behalf of GKG.


GKG is active in the military community, participating in events like Recruit Military job fairs, National Hire a Veteran Day, and Blue Star Families. 


Since 2002, Golden Key Group has served more than 50 federal departments and agencies, helping customers solve their strategic, operational, and organizational challenges. GKG is Redefining Workforce Optimization™ by integrating human capital, technology, and policy design across the lifecycle of work.

Contact: Alecia Kirby  | |  703.815.0290

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