Honoring the Passion and Perspectives of Our Veteran Colleagues

November 11, 2021 | 4 Min Video

This Veterans Day, UnitedHealth Group honors our nation’s veterans and is grateful for the passion, unique skills and perspectives our veteran team members bring to their work each day.

We recruit active-duty and veteran members of the military and their spouses through programs, partnerships and events. This includes the Military Fellowship Program, which the company offers in partnership with the Department of Defense Skillbridge Program and all branches of the U.S. Military to qualifying active-duty service members transitioning to civilian life. The program, which provides career skills training and workforce reintegration, has a 93% retention rate, and 68% of fellows have become our employees.

“Our military veterans and spouses contribute their experiences, courage, resilience and commitment to serve others in our workplaces and our communities. They are a valuable and integral part of UnitedHealth Group, and we thank them for all they have done during their military service and all they do in their roles in our company each and every day.”

– Joy Fitzgerald, Senior Vice President, Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer, 
UnitedHealth Group 

In recognition for our commitment to veterans, UnitedHealth Group has been ranked Top Ten in the nation on the 2022 Military Friendly® Employers list and is also a Top Ten 2022 Military Spouse Friendly® Employer. Learn more about the awards.

During a recent panel discussion hosted by UnitedHealth Group, Eddie Dunn, a military veteran and the company’s Military Fellowship Program lead, asked employees, including Military Fellowship Program alumnae and a military spouse, about wellness, resiliency and success.

Panel Discussion: Quick Takes

Tashique Thomas, solutions director, UnitedHealthcare Community & State, discusses the importance of having — and emulating — great leaders in a manner that empowers others to be resilient and present in their lives.

Barbara Beltram, Military Fellowship Program, Optum, shares how keeping connected with fellow military service members helps them cope during trying times.
Barbara Beltram, Military Fellowship Program, Optum, shares how keeping connected with fellow military service members helps them cope during trying times.

Ryan Zieno, program manager, Strategic Engagement, OptumInsight, describes how veterans can envision their way forward during their transition to civilian life.

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