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Apply to be recognized by the Department of Military Affairs & Veterans Services and NH Employment Security as a business, organization or school that strives to honor, fortify, empower, and positively impact the lives of NH Service members, Veterans and their families in New Hampshire.


Apply To Be Recognized as a

2021 NH Veteran-Friendly Business Application

The Department of Military Affairs & Veterans Services (DMAVS) and NH Employment Security (NHES) will recognize and partner with NH Veteran Businesses of any type or size supporting the wellness of military & veteran families through practices & policies that serve to:

  • Honor military experience and sacrifice;
  • Fortify employees with opportunities for career growth and financial stability;
  • Empower families by meeting their unique needs in innovative ways;
  • Impact the broader community through collaborations and partnerships.

A Recognition & Networking Event is held annually.

Recognition is awarded for a period of 2 years, then businesses are encouraged to re-apply.


Elements of a NH Veterans friendly business

NH Veteran-Friendly Business Recognition Program 2021 brochure with abbreviated description of levels and criteria.

Recognition levels are designed to be progressive (eg. in order to be recognized as a Gold Level Veteran‐Friendly Business, the business must meet the Bronze, Silver and Gold criteria).


To Apply

Applicants must complete and submit an application to

Applicants will be notified of their recognition within 2 weeks of submission.  

Applications are in the form of a fillable pdf and are available on this website.  


Eligibility Criteria

All criteria must be met in order to be eligible for any level of program recognition.  Eligibility requirements will be verified before application is reviewed.

  • Be based, or have locations, in the State of New Hampshire;
  • Business is in good standing with the Secretary of State;
  • Business is not delinquent in paying Unemployment Insurance taxes;
  • Business is in good standing with the Department of Labor (including Workers’ Comp);
  • Business has no USERRA violations in past 24 months;
  • All required taxes are current with the Department of Revenue


  • Free application and no cost for recognition or participation;
  • Job Fairs and other events spotlighting NH Veteran-Friendly Businesses;
  • Access resources designed to help recruit & support Veterans;
  • Signed & framed certificate to display;
  • Customized logo--access to .jpg and .png files for use on promotional items, office materials or website;
  • Window decal of customized logo to display;
  • E-newsletter with resources for hiring and serving Veterans in NH;
  • Enhance goodwill among Veteran employees and customers;
  • Opportunity to highlight your business and events on DMAVS website and calendar;
  • Connect with other businesses successfully implementing Veteran-Friendly practices;
  • Connect with federal and state level stakeholders seeking your input for the development of policies and practices;
  • Private LinkedIn Group for New Hampshire Veteran-Friendly Businesses;
  • Invitation to quarterly networking & Advisory Panel meetings and Annual Recognition Event.

Make The Most Of Your Recognition!

  • Use the program criteria as a road map for enhancing veteran-friendliness in the future.
  • Display your NH Veteran-Friendly Business certificate prominently!
  • Proudly use the NH Veteran-Friendly logo on your promotional materials.
  • Promote your recognition in all Veteran hiring initiatives.
  • Highlight the recognition on your website for potential Veteran candidates & customers.
  • Embed a link on your website to the DMAVS page where your business will be listed, and possibly, highlighted.
  • Browse and share the e-newsletter with colleagues to be informed on federal, state and local resources available to Veterans in New Hampshire as well as their employers and service providers;
  • Attend networking & Advisory Panel meetings to give input on current and future state initiatives that can benefit your Veteran employees, clients/customers or recruiting strategies!


Important Disclaimers

DMAVS and NHES do not currently have the resources to verify the majority of information provided by applicants - applications are accepted with the assumption of applicant’s good intentions and that answers are truthful.  Recognition is not guaranteed and is given at the discretion of the Adjutant General and the Commissioner of NH Employment Security.  DMAVS and NHES does not guarantee the employability of applicants businesses receive as a result of this website.    


Questions About the 2021 Application Process?

The Department of Military Affairs & Veterans Services is happy to answer any questions potential applicants may have regarding the program, the application itself or the application process. 

Contact the NH Division of Community Based Military Programs
Amy Cook, Administrator 

(603) 227-1403



Office Hours 8:00am-4:00pm
Telephone 603-225-1200  Business Administration 603-225-1360