Highest honor for employer support of National Guard and reserve employees
LOUISVILLE, Ky.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM), a leading health and well-being company, has been awarded the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, in honor of its commitment to supporting National Guard and Reserve employees.
Humana received the award at the 18th annual Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award ceremony on September 26 in Washington, D.C.
“This week, we honor members of the National Guard and Reserve who carry that legacy forward,” said President Barack Obama. “We thank the employers who support them, and we reaffirm our promise to provide our troops, our veterans, and our military families with the opportunities they have earned.”
The award ceremony took place at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C. Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) formally recognized 15 employers that had been named recipients of this year’s Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. Previous award recipients and Department of Defense leadership were in attendance, in addition to trade associations and civilian government leaders.
“This is a tremendous achievement to be named a recipient of such a high honor from the Secretary of Defense. We are especially proud of all of our associates who are committed to both Humana and our great nation by serving in the National Guard and Reserves,” said Tim McClain, President of Humana Government Business. “Our long history with the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs confirms Humana’s commitment to not only delivering health care solutions to our government partners, but providing service and a source of employment to our nation’s heroes and their families.”
Through its wholly owned subsidiary Humana Government Business, Humana has a long history supporting military and Veterans’ health care administrating health-benefits for over three million active duty, retired military personnel and their families under the Department of Defense’s TRICARE program. In addition, Humana Government Business provides an array of health care solutions for the Department of Veteran Affairs.
The Freedom Award is the Department of Defense’s highest honor for employer support of National Guard and Reserve employees. The 2013 award recipients represent large and small businesses, as well as public sector agencies. They have distinguished themselves from a field of nearly 2,900 nominations submitted by Reserve Component Service members. These employers have gone above and beyond their legal obligations to military employees, offering formal and informal initiatives that ensure service members and their families are taken care of throughout all types of military service. The recipients’ measures of support included creating special hiring programs, providing personal support to families such as home maintenance, and continuing full benefits, salary, and additional paid leave options during deployment.
Humana Inc., headquartered in Louisville, Ky., is a leading health care company that offers a wide range of insurance products and health and wellness services that incorporate an integrated approach to lifelong well-being. By leveraging the strengths of its core businesses, Humana believes it can better explore opportunities for existing and emerging adjacencies in health care that can further enhance wellness opportunities for the millions of people across the nation with whom the company has relationships.
More information regarding Humana is available to investors via the Investor Relations page of the company’s web site at www.humana.com, including copies of:
About Humana Government Business
Humana Government Business Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Humana Inc. headquartered in Louisville, Ky. Humana Government Business provides administrative health care and wellness solutions to government customers. In addition to working with the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs, Humana Government Business provides Medicare support in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense office established in 1972, develops and maintains employer support for Guard and Reserve service. ESGR advocates relevant initiatives, recognizes outstanding support, increases awareness of applicable laws, and resolves conflict between service members and employers. Paramount to ESGR's mission is encouraging employment of Guardsmen and Reservists who bring integrity, global perspective and proven leadership to the civilian workforce. On behalf of the Secretary of Defense, ESGR runs the annual Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award program. Created in 1996, the Freedom Award has been presented to 175 employers since its inception.
For questions or information on media coverage of the ceremony, please contact Beth Sherman, ESGR Public Affairs, at 571-372-0705 or by email at ESGR-PA@osd.mil.