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Aetna’s commitment to veterans

Nov 11 2016
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Committed to supporting America’s veterans, Aetna is creating opportunities for veterans and their families to help them overcome challenges as they reenter civilian life. The company is also placing an emphasis on hiring, developing and retaining top talent from within veteran, active duty and the country’s Guard and Reserve community, as well as supporting various organizations and programs.

At Aetna, 2 percent of employees — or 1,000 out of 50,000 — are veterans. The company has also recently been named as one of the Top 100 Military Friendly Employers, Best of the Best by U.S. Veterans Magazine and Most Valuable Employer by CivilianJobs.com.

Over 200 Aetna employees and family members will participate in the 2016 America’s Parade

“We want to draw attention to the importance of re-integrating service men and women into the workforce while removing the stigma surrounding post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injuries and military sexual trauma,” said Floyd Green, vice president of Aetna Community Relations and Urban Marketing. “With two high-profile events this week, we are hoping to help do that. Our slogan, ‘Possibilities for all abilities,’ means that veterans and service members are valued as a unique part of our diverse and highly skilled workforce, able to adapt quickly and thrive.”

Aetna is a major sponsor of the 2016 America’s Parade, which will be held in New York City on Nov. 11. The event honors the service of veterans and those currently serving in the military and features over 250 groups and 20,000 participants.

This year, over 200 Aetna employees and family members will participate in America’s Parade. Three self-identified veterans, who won a company essay content, will also participate in the event.

“We believe it’s important that we create opportunities for veterans and their families to overcome the challenges they face returning to civilian life,” said Mark Whalls, head of Military and Veteran Recruiting at Aetna. “Helping veterans to lead healthy lives outside the military is a natural part of our mission to build healthier communities.”

Earlier this week, Aetna and the Employment Support of Guard and Reserve (ESRG) held a Reaffirmation Ceremony at the company’s headquarters in Hartford, Connecticut. The ESRG is a part of the U.S. Department of Defense and was established in 1972 to “promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve Component Service members and their civilian employers,” according to its website.

A tradition of supporting veterans

Since 2000, Aetna and the Aetna Foundation have donated more than $1.3 million to organizations that support the military and veterans. As a company, Aetna is a member of various groups supporting veterans, such as Veteran Jobs Mission. Within Aetna, more than 350 employees are a part of the “AetVets” group, dedicated to meeting the needs of veterans in the workplace.

Aetna Behavioral Health is also a supporter of Give an Hour, a non-profit organization that provides free counseling and other mental health services — focusing on those who serve and their families.

Each year, the company also takes part in the national campaign, “Greenlight a Vet,” where the cupola at the top of its headquarters is lit green to show its support of veterans.