Veteran Employer Background – Healthcare – Cigna

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Published in the September/October 2012 issue of print Search & Employ®  |

Cigna Corporation is a global health service company that provides an integrated suite of  services such as medical, dental, behavioral health, pharmacy, and vision care benefits; and related products, including group disability, life, and accident coverage. The company provides all of its products and services exclusively through its operating subsidiaries, which include Connecticut General Life Insurance Company, Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company, Life Insurance Company of North America, and Cigna Life Insurance Company of New York.

Cigna employs more than 30,000 people worldwide, has sales capability in 30 countries and jurisdictions, and has more than 70 million customer relationships around the globe. For year-end 2011, Cigna Corporation had consolidated shareholders’ equity of $8.3 billion, assets of $51 billion, and revenues of $22 billion.

Cigna is a member of Hero Health Hire, a coalition of companies and other entities in the healthcare industry that have a goal of employing wounded veterans. Through this coalition, the company attends various veteran-focused events and career expos across the nation.

Cigna recently launched a Veterans/Reservists Colleague Resource Group (CRG). This internal group will provide resources and support to Cigna employees who are veterans or who have been affected by military duty.

In 2011, the Cigna Foundation established a gift-matching program to encourage employees to support our troops. Starting on Veterans Day, the Cigna Foundation provided funding to match individual employee gifts to the Service to the Armed Forces Fund of the American Red Cross. The program began with a 2:1 match leading up to Cigna’s participation alongside veterans in the Walt Disney World Half Marathon in January 2012.

Cigna Civic Affairs and the Cigna Foundation continue to fund non-profit organizations and provide volunteer opportunities that support veterans and the disabled. These organizations include:

•   P2V – matches rescue dogs with veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

•   NEADS – provides service animals for the disabled

•   Society for the Arts in Healthcare – focuses on the ways art can heal wounded warriors

•   Operation: Music Aid – provides instruments to veterans for music therapy

•   Operation Homefront – volunteering to assist military families and help welcome home soldiers returning from active duty

Cigna also has a strong relationship with Achilles International, an organization whose mission is to bring hope, inspiration, and achievement to wounded veterans and other people with disabilities through athletics. Achilles ( provides support, training, and technical expertise to runners at all levels. Cigna provides selected long-term disability customers with access to Achilles programs. Cigna vocational rehabilitation counselors identify Cigna customers currently on disability leave who might benefit from this program and refer them to Achilles. The program targets Cigna customers with mental disability, PTSD, anxiety, depression, physical injury, loss of mobility, cancer, diabetes, and stroke.

Cigna sponsored six Achilles athletes to compete in the Disney Half Marathon as part of the company’s support for the Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans and for non-veteran Achilles athletes in mainstream races. Four of the sponsored athletes were part of the Achilles’ Freedom Team and two were non-veteran Achilles athletes. Cigna also supports the Achilles Kids program, which helps children with disabilities take part in a year-long “virtual marathon.”


About the Author

This article was written by Jay Myers