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.

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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.

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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.

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Humana’s A.J. Hubbard, Director of Inclusion and Diversity, recently spoke with HR Dive for a story titled How Humana improved diversity and included those with disabilities.

The story cited Humana’s history of leadership in inclusion and diversity and the fact that we’ve earned a score of “100 on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index and a spot as a Top 25 Noteworthy Company by DiversityInc in 2015.”

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.”

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"From our lens and the business we are in, it’s not just about the physical health, but about the mental health, about having a sense of purpose, a sense of community, the sense of belonging," said Humana's A.J. Hubbard.
“From our lens and the business we are in, it’s not just about the physical health, but about the mental health, about having a sense of purpose, a sense of community, the sense of belonging,” said Humana’s A.J. Hubbard.
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