Humana has been awarded the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, in honor of its commitment to supporting National Guard and Reserve employees.
“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 18th annual Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award ceremony was held on September 26 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 supports military and veterans’ health care, administrating health-benefits for more than 3 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.