As we mark Veterans Day today, I hope each of us will take a few moments to reflect on the service and sacrifice of these brave individuals. Again and again, they’ve placed the greater good and duty to others ahead of themselves, spending time away from family and friends, missing major milestones and daily rituals, and putting their lives on the line.
2021 has been an especially challenging year for Veterans – the 20th anniversary of the attacks on Sept. 11 and the swift withdrawal of U.S. troops in Afghanistan evoked difficult memories and emotions.
But these events also served as opportunities to reflect on the sacrifices Veterans have made for our security and freedoms.
As a 33-year Veteran of the U.S. Army, I am proud to be part of a company that understands what a privilege it is to support Veterans on their health journey and ensure they never walk alone – whether they’re our customers, colleagues, family, or friends.
I’m also proud to be an executive sponsor for the Military Fellowship Program, which is providing career skills training and workforce reintegration to transitioning active-duty service members. Nearly 70% of fellows convert to employees, and since the program’s inception, 93% of converted fellows have stayed at UnitedHealth Group, contributing immensely to the organization and the communities we serve.
As we continue to find ways to care for our Veterans and each other, some of our own Veterans have shared their stories and words of support in a special video. I hope you’ll take a few moments to watch the video in honor of Veterans Day.
I’d like to close with my heartfelt gratitude for all those who have raised their right hand to serve. Service doesn’t end when you take off the uniform, and I continue to be grateful for the work that you do, for the kindness you share with others, and the commitment you have to our mission.
Serving Together … Honored to Serve
LTG (Ret) Patricia D. Horoho
43rd U.S. Army Surgeon General