Humana has again been named a Top 10 Gold-level Military Friendly Employer by Viqtory Media. The 2020 list of organizations considered Military Friendly Employers and “Better for Veterans” distinguishes elite companies who boast the strongest job opportunities, hiring practices and retention programs for transitioning service members seeking civilian employment.

The Top 10 Gold level is Viqtory Media’s highest award, and Humana placed 5th overall out of 290 companies on the list. This is the ninth time Humana has made the list and the third straight year in the Top 10.

“We are proud to receive this prestigious recognition,” said David Best, Humana’s Veterans Hiring Initiative Leader. “Our great culture, values and opportunities create high interest in the military community. This award recognizes that we are an employer of choice for our veterans and military spouses and represents our commitment to be a corporate leader in support of the military community.”

Humana has been recognized numerous times this year for the company’s veteran and military spouse hiring program.  Recognition includes DiversityInc’s Top Company for Veterans, Military Times Best For Vets Employer, U.S. Veteran’s Magazine’sAnnual Best of the Best, and Viqtory Media’s Military Friendly Spouse Employer. 

Viqtory Media serves as a vital link between the military community and the companies that want to hire them. For more than a decade, the Military Friendly Employers list has honored those organizations providing the best opportunities for veterans and their spouses.


Founded in 2001, VIQTORY is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB) that connects the military community to civilian employment, educational and entrepreneurial opportunities through its G.I. Jobs and Military Friendly brands. VIQTORY and its brands are not a part of or endorsed by the U.S. Department of Defense or any federal government entity.

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Humana’s David Best, Senior Talent Management Professional and Veteran Hiring Initiative Leader, recently spoke with DiversityInc. about Humana’s military recruitment and outreach efforts.

“Humana has a deep commitment to the veteran and military spouse population,” David said. “As a longtime partner to the Department of Defense’s TRICARE program, Humana currently administers health benefits for more than 6 million active duty military and retirees as well as their families across 32 states.

“Since the inception of TRICARE in 1996, Humana has worked to improve the lives entrusted to our care by partnering with the Government to create the right access, better health outcomes, and simplified experiences.

“As part of our relationship, we actively seek veterans and military spouses because we understand they’re part of a distinct and highly skilled professional talent pool.”

He added, “To help maintain our commitment, we have a talent manager dedicated to veterans and military spouses. This role provides national outreach through partnerships with organizations serving veterans and military spouses. We send a list of open roles twice monthly to our partners as well as provide career coaching, resume and interview assistance, and advocacy to recruiters and hiring managers. The talent manager works with recruiters and hiring managers to bridge the gap on translation of military skills to the corporate environment.”

He also noted the importance of Humana’s Veterans Network Resource Group (VNRG).

“Our VNRG is instrumental in promoting the hiring of veterans and military spouses,” he said. “Members act as ambassadors wherever they are located and refer veteran/military spouse talent to the program manager of the veterans hiring initiative. We also invite members to attend career events with the talent acquisition team as well as represent Humana at veteran events.”

David said, “I directly credit our VNRG for helping me to have a solid second career. The networking opportunities, the volunteering opportunities and the relationships have inspired me to become more involved. Because of my involvement with our VNRG, I’ve been able to pay back what has been given to me during my time here at Humana.”

Read the full interview here.

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Humana — the official corporate sponsor of the Rolling Thunder Run for the second consecutive year — honored veterans throughout the Memorial Day weekend event. Activities recognized the service and sacrifices of Vietnam veterans and officially welcomed these brave individuals home.

This video captured the event.

Humana also kicked off a community-wide food drive with Feeding America during Rolling Thunder, which is the largest gathering of military retirees, veterans, active duty military and Vietnam veterans. The public was encouraged to drop off non-perishable foods and/or make a financial contribution at the Humana tent. Every $1 donated to Feeding America will provide 10 meals to people facing hunger.

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Humana was recently named a Top 10 Gold-level Military Friendly ® Employer by Victory Media. The 2018 list of Military Friendly Employers distinguishes elite companies who boast the strongest job opportunities, hiring practices and retention programs for transitioning service members seeking civilian employment. Humana placed 4th overall of 200 companies in the prestigious list. View the entire list. This is the seventh time Humana has made the list.

“Because of the dedicated efforts of our organization to hire, develop, and retain Veterans, Military Spouses, and Wounded Warriors, Humana is again recognized as an employer of choice for the military community.” said David Best, Humana’s Veterans Hiring Initiative Leader. “This prestigious award is one of the best in the industry and to be honored with such an excellent ranking is a tremendous source of pride for the Humana team.”

For more than a decade, Military Friendly ratings have set the standard for companies and colleges demonstrating positive employment and education outcomes for veterans and their families. Each year, the list of Military Friendly ® Employers is provided to service members and their families, helping them discover the best post-military career opportunities available.

About Military Friendly and Victory Media

The Military Friendly Employers and Military Friendly Schools designation process includes extensive research and a data-driven survey of leading companies and colleges nationwide. The survey, methodology, criteria and weightings are developed with the assistance of an independent advisory council of educators and employers and are based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media. The survey is administered for free. Find out more about Victory Media.

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The holidays are a good time to give back to the community, especially to the men and women who served our country. In the spirit of giving, Humana’s Colorado Medicare Sales team partnered with VFW Post #3641 to host an event to benefit homeless veterans in Pueblo, Colorado. Pueblo is a small community about 115 miles south of Denver.

At the event, homeless veterans received free clothing and toiletries, a hot meal, health and wellness checks provided by Kindred at Home, and free haircuts provided by Shine Bright Like a Diamond Salon Spa and Boutique.

More than 340 pounds of clothing and shoes were collected by Humana employees and VFW Post 5812, another post in Pueblo. Approximately 20 bags with clothing and toiletries were distributed to those who attended. Leftover clothing and toiletries will be distributed at VFW Post #3641’s weekly food pantry.

Sixteen homeless veterans received free haircuts, helping improve their self-confidence.

Representatives from Humana were on hand to volunteer their time and host a booth to share information about the company’s Veterans Initiative and its longstanding relationship with the military. In addition, Volunteers of America Colorado were present to provide resources to participants.

The event included a presentation of colors and the national anthem.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are close to 400,000 veterans in Colorado. According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s 2016 Annual Homeless Assessment Report, Colorado has 1,181 homeless veterans, which increased by 24 percent while other states decreased by an average of 17 percent.

News Coverage:
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