Humana and the Silver Dollar City theme park honored fallen American heroes in Branson, Missouri, on Sunday.
News station KY3 reported on the event, saying, “During The Gold Star Family Remembrance Ceremony, names of fallen military members were read, taps and a special song were played, and special guests spoke. It was all to help family members of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice know they’re not alone and to show them that their loved ones service is appreciated.”
About 300 Gold Star family members, representing 59 fallen heroes, took part in the event.
Each year, Phoenix hosts the largest StandDown event in the United States to help homeless veterans. Though Humana associates volunteer in StandDown events across the country, this was the first year associates took part in the Arizona event. On Feb. 9 and 10, the Maricopa County StandDown teamed up with the Arizona Veterans StandDown Alliance (AVSA), a group of community-based organizations coordinated by the Arizona Coalition to End Homelessness, to help more than 2,100 homeless and at-risk military veterans.
The Arizona event, named after the military phrase that lets soldiers know they can relax because they are safe, began in 2001. More than 70 service providers came together at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum inside the Arizona State Fairgrounds to provide on-site support and deliver services quickly, efficiently, and in a veteran-centered framework. This included shelter beds and other basic needs (such as meals, clothing, shoes, hygiene products, showers, and restroom facilities) to help them recuperate from life on the streets. The providers of these services included:
• The Arizona Department of Transportation’s Motor Vehicle Division
• The City of Phoenix Municipal and other Court systems
• The Social Security Administration
• The Department of Economic Security
• The Phoenix VA Health Care System
Humana was represented by 37 associates during the two-day event; they assisted veterans by walking them through the StandDown process, getting them to the organizations and resources that they needed to impact their lives. Humana also had two booths at the event – a table staffed by our veterans recruiting team to discuss careers and a table staffed by our Medicare sales team to discuss health insurance needs.
StandDown events happen in many communities across the country. Get more information on where and when.
A.J. spoke about Humana’s veterans hiring initiative and the importance of tapping into every available talent pool.
“One in 5 people have a disability in the United States,” he said. “Unemployment rates there are double compared to everyone else. We looked at it as an opportunity…but we said, okay, if we’re going to do that, let’s do it right. Let’s start melting away those biases that we know exist.”
And for a company like Humana, with millions of members, it’s important that America’s diversity be reflected in our associates.
“Each person in and of themselves is different,” A.J. said. “We’ve always had a philosophy of trying to meet our members where they are, whoever they are. One of the strategies for doing that is kind of being in a position to reflect the communities we serve in a literal sense.
“Everyone could relate to wanting to be included,” he added. “Everyone wants to matter. Everyone wants to be invited to lunch. Let’s lead with that.”
In what has become a Super Bowl tradition, the Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team took on NFL alumni in a charity flag football game. The game took place on Feb. 6, 2016, in San Mateo, Calif., as part of Super Bowl 50 festivities in the San Francisco Bay Area.
This is the eighth Wounded Warrior charity football game Humana has sponsored, and the fourth consecutive Super Bowl charity game.
The 13-0 Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team is composed of men and women who served in the United States military and suffered the loss of a limb in the conflicts in Iraq or Afghanistan. (The team is not affiliated with the Wounded Warrior Project.) For the second year, Snoop Dogg made an appearance and played on the side of the wounded warriors.
NFL alum who played in the game included Dale Hellestrae (Cowboys), Dan Bunz (49ers), Dana Stubblefield (49ers), Bill Ring (49ers), Lorenzo O’Neal (Chargers and Raiders), Robert Smith (Vikings), and Dennis Brown (49ers). Rocky Bleier, decorated Vietnam veteran and four-time Super Bowl champion with the Pittsburgh Steelers, served as the honorary coach for the NFL team.
More than 25 Humana associates from the Northern California market volunteered at the game and helped make it a success. During the pre-game festivities, Retail Segment President Alan Wheatley presented the Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team with a check for $370,000, which represents Humana’s overall contribution to the nonprofit.
“It was truly inspiring to attend the football game and see the men and women who gave so much for our country give it their all on the football field,” said Alan. “The theme of these charity football games ties in nicely with Humana’s efforts to hire veterans, which was expanded to include wounded warriors. To date, we’ve hired more than 2,600 veterans and/or military spouses.”
The Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team won the game 49 to 35, making them 14-0 against the NFL alumni.
Proceeds from the game will benefit the Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team and various disabled veterans organizations in the Bay Area.
Earlier in the week, former Dallas Cowboy and three-time Super Bowl champion Chad Hennings served as Humana’s media spokesperson at the Super Bowl 50 Media Center located in San Francisco. Chad did more than a dozen live interviews talking with media outlets from across the country, including the popular Jim Rome Show.
Humana is once again sponsoring the Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team game during Super Bowl week. This year’s game is taking place in San Mateo, Calif., on Saturday, Feb. 6, from 12-3 p.m. at the College of San Mateo. The City of San Mateo has made this game their official Super Bowl 50 event. The game will see veterans who have lost limbs in Afghanistan or Iraq match up with more than 40 NFL alumni. Watch the video above, and click here for more information.