Cecilia Coatney of the Department of Labor’s HIREVets program presents the Platinum Medallion award to John Berry Jr. of Berry Law, left, and Alex McFarland of Persevus LLC.

Four Nebraska companies earned awards from the U.S. Department of Labor for their efforts to hire and keep military veterans on their payrolls.

Berry Law, headquartered in Lincoln, and Persevus LLC of Omaha received Platinum Medallions, the highest award given under the Labor Department’s two-year-old Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans, or HIREVets, program.

Union Pacific of Omaha and Executive Airborne Solutions of Bellevue received Gold Medallions, the next highest award.

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The awards are made based upon the percentage of veterans hired, employed and retained by the company, as well as the establishment of certain programs to support veteran employees.

“I believe that hiring veterans onto our team is instrumental to building and maintaining a culture of excellence,” John S. Berry Jr., an Army veteran and CEO of Berry Law, said in a press release. The firm was established in 1965 and also has offices in Omaha and Seward.

Persevus LLC was founded in 2016 and works to place veterans in jobs with local businesses.

Executive Airborne Solutions was incorporated in 2008 by an Air Force veteran and is a government contractor supporting the National Airborne Operations Center E-4B aircraft at Offutt Air Force Base and other military programs.

U.P. is the second largest railroad in the country, with a heritage dating to 1862.

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