Indianapolis – April 11, 2012 – WellPoint, Inc. (NYSE: WLP) announced today that it has joined the 100,000 Jobs Mission, a coalition of major corporations that have jointly committed to hiring 100,000 transitioning service members and military veterans by 2020. As the first health benefits company to join the coalition, WellPoint has made a commitment to hiring veterans and to helping those returning to civilian life find employment and transition into the next phase of their lives. The jobless rate for post-9/11 veterans was 12.1 percent in 2011. As of March, 2012, 834,000 veterans remain unemployed.
“Our country’s veterans deserve more than just our respect – they deserve our support in helping them return to the civilian workforce,” said Linda Jimenez, WellPoint’s chief diversity officer and vice president, diversity and inclusion. “WellPoint is committed to supporting veterans through our partnership with the 100,000 Jobs Mission and other outreach efforts.”
Enlisting in the 100,000 Jobs Mission advances WellPoint’s objective of assisting military veterans. In fact, the company has been named to G.I. Jobs magazine’s Top 100 Military Friendly Employers® list for the past three years. The Veterans’ Organization of WellPoint (VOW) employee resource group plays a valuable role in building a workplace culture that embraces employees and family members who have military experience. The company donates $50,000 annually to the USO, and WellPoint employees put together care packages for deployed military personnel.
In addition, our Life and Disability Insurance companies further demonstrate WellPoint’s commitment to helping disabled veterans live active lives through sponsorships of sporting opportunities run by The Wounded Warrior Disabled Sports ProjectTM
To meet its commitment to 100,000 Jobs Mission, WellPoint will recruit veterans by attending job fairs and other veteran hiring events across the country, by posting jobs on Transition Assistance Online (TAOnline.com), — the largest source of transition information, jobs and tools for separating military) — as well as HireVeterans.com and other online veterans job sites.
“Our goal is to assist veterans within our communities and within our company,” said Randy Brown, WellPoint’s executive vice president and chief human resources officer. “I am proud to be part of an organization that stands behind its mission: To improve the lives of the people we serve and the health of our communities. I believe we can truly make a difference with our support of the 100,000 Jobs Mission.”
For more information about the 100,000 Jobs Mission or upcoming hiring events, visit www.100000jobsmission.com.