PHOENIX, Nov. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- TriWest Healthcare Alliance, which serves 2.9 million members of our nation's military family through the TRICARE program in the 21-state West Region, announced today that it has joined Hero Health Hire, a coalition of companies and other entities in the healthcare industry that are united with the goal of employing disabled veterans.
Launched in Washington, D.C., at an industry summit that included the U.S. Secretary of Labor, members of Congress, and representatives of a number of government agencies and the military, Hero Health Hire includes companies, associations, and hospitals from across the spectrum of health care that collectively employ thousands of employees. Each has committed to working to help veterans find and retain jobs in health care.
"Veterans bring an unbelievable skill set to the job," said TriWest President and CEO David J. McIntyre, Jr. "They're trainable, willing to go extra lengths to get the job done and committed to the mission, whatever it may be for your company. Why wouldn't you want to add people of that character and caliber to your own organization?"
Each month, tens of thousands of veterans, including "wounded warriors"—brave men and women in our military who have been injured or become ill during service—transition out of the military, only to struggle in the civilian workforce. For many, they may be interviewing for a job or writing a resume for the first time, unsure of how military skills and experiences might translate or what accommodations may be needed for transition to a civilian workplace.
The healthcare industry—including insurers, health plans, pharmaceutical companies, device manufacturers and hospital networks—is considered the fastest growing industry in our economy, requiring talented individuals to help meet multi-generational health care needs. The industry is also uniquely positioned to understand and support the needs of our nation's veterans, including wounded warriors.
Hero Health Hire unites the healthcare industry with government agencies and the military to understand and eliminate the barriers to employment facing wounded warriors, as well as developing ways to the support them in their transition.
Retired Maj. Gen. Elder Granger joins Hero Health Hire
The Hero Health Hire initiative also recently announced that retired Maj. Gen. Elder Granger, M.D., has been named honorary chairman of the initiative. Granger, currently co-founder and president of The 5Ps LLC, served the military for 37 years, most recently as deputy director of TRICARE Management Activity for the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs. In his role, Granger will provide valuable insights as partner companies establish their internal programs, serve as a liaison to the military community to help raise awareness about the program, and provide additional support as the program expands.
About Hero Health Hire:
Hero Health Hire, founded in 2011, is a coalition of healthcare industry organizations dedicated to helping disabled veterans obtain and maintain positions within the workforce that are well-suited to their skills, presenting professional, financial and personal stability for them and their families into the future. Participating organizations include Magellan Health Services, AGIS Network, APS Healthcare, Apollo Health Street, BlueCross BlueShield of Louisiana, CareCore National, Centene Corporation, Cigna, Express Scripts, Health Net, Horizon Healthcare of New Jersey Inc., Humana Military Healthcare Services, Independence Blue Cross, Logisticare, Loyola Recovery Foundation, Regence, TriWest Healthcare Alliance and ValueOptions. For more information about the initiative, including resources for disabled veterans and information on joining the Hero Health Hire program, visit www.HeroHealthHire.com.
TriWest Healthcare Alliance partners with the Department of Defense to do "Whatever It Takes" to support the healthcare needs of 2.9 million members of America's military family. A Phoenix-based corporation, TriWest provides access to cost-effective, high-quality health care in the 21-state TRICARE West Region. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook or visit www.triwest.com for more information.
SOURCE TriWest Healthcare Alliance