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MVAA's Employment Innovator Award

Recognizing Innovation in Employment

MVAA’s Employment Innovator Award recognizes an employer or staff member(s), (either as individual or team), who developed a new process, method, technology, or innovative service that will radically improve or transform current and former military and military spouse hiring/retention practices, or quality of life at the employer. The work of the nominee(s) should exemplify the process of accelerating ideas, insights and technologies that improve any aspect of the employment experience for veteran employees.

Examples of such innovations might include:

  • Technologies that have achieved major improvements in the hiring/retention of military-connected employees.
  • Partnerships with community/industry partners benefiting existing veteran employees.
  • Policy or human resource practices improving veteran quality of life changes.
  • Use of state or federal grants to benefit veteran causes such as employment or homelessness.
  • Volunteerism/non-profit involvement to better veterans lives within the community. 

Nomination Criteria

Nominations are welcome from employers, staff (self-nominations also permitted), or partners and must include the following in one, single-page PDF file:

  • A letter of nomination regarding the nominee’s innovation, technology or service and its impact on the employer, veteran employees or larger veteran community. 
  • A letter of support from a colleague or external contact evaluating the importance of innovation.

Individual nomination letters and letters of support must be limited to one page. For letters exceeding the one-page requirement, only the first page will be considered. Participating or nominated organizations must be certified as Veteran-Friendly Employers at Gold-, Silver-, or Bronze-level. MVAA may award up to 15 Innovators annually.

Submit a Nomination

To submit a nomination, please send an email with your nomination PDF file to

The nomination deadline is Thursday, August 10, 2024.