NewStyle Communities and The 1776™ Community Honored with the 2023 Gold HIRE Vets Medallion Award

The companies receive recognition of exemplary commitment to veteran employment. 

GASTONIA, N.C., November 2023 –  NewStyle Communities and The 1776 Community proudly announce that they have been awarded the prestigious 2023 Gold HIRE Vets Medallion Award. This accolade is a testament to the unwavering commitment to recruiting, employing, and retaining American military veterans. 

The Gold HIRE Vets Medallion Award, established under the Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans Act of 2017, is a distinguished recognition bestowed upon companies that prioritize hiring veterans. The award program, administered by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS), evaluates employers based on specific criteria outlined in the Final Rule. 

The Final Rule, effective since January 2018, provides a comprehensive framework for recognizing employer efforts in hiring veterans. The Gold HIRE Vets Medallion Award criteria include, but are not limited to, the percentage of new veteran hires, retention of veteran employees, the presence of veteran resource groups, leadership development programs for veterans, and support for veterans on active duty. 

“We are honored to receive the 2023 Gold HIRE Vets Medallion Award, a testament to our ongoing commitment to supporting and empowering American military veterans,” says Brock Fankhauser, President and CEO of 1776. “Our dedication to providing employment opportunities, fostering a supportive work environment, and recognizing the valuable skills and experiences of veterans is at the core of our company values.”

With more than 1,650 employers earning the HIRE Vets Medallion Award, NewStyle Communities and The 1776™ Community join an esteemed group of organizations dedicated to championing the employment and well-being of American military veterans. The list of awardees can be found at

1776, a trademarked brand representing residential housing that embodies American traditions and values, is expanding the brand to other states and partnering with other home builders and homeowner’s associations to incorporate the 1776 brand and standards into their communities. 

For more information about 1776, please visit or follow them on Facebook or Instagram @1776community. For more information about the HIRE Vets Medallion Program and the criteria for recognition, please visit

About Great American Homes
Great American Homes’ vision is to provide adult residents with a quality, value-driven, maintenance-free lifestyle in a patriotic environment. The company is a franchise of EPCON Communities and brings a wealth of experience to each unique development. Each 1776 Community built by Great American Homes shares the same motto: Where Patriotism Lives.