FRANKFORT, KY (STL.News) Ahead of Veterans Day, Gov. Andy Beshear joined Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs (KDVA) Commissioner Lt. Col. (Retired) Keith Jackson and Humana executives virtually to announce that over the next four years, the health care company is committed to hiring 600 veterans and 150 military spouses in Kentucky.
The Governor said Humana’s commitment to hire veterans and military spouses by the end of 2024 is a welcome addition to state’s goal of being the most military and veteran friendly state in America.
“Thank you to every veteran for your commitment and sacrifice to our great country and commonwealth,” Gov. Beshear said. “Each of you, as well as your spouse and family members, are invaluable members of Team Kentucky and through commitments like those announced today by Humana we are continuing to build that brighter, better Kentucky for our military personnel and community.”
Humana, headquartered in Louisville, primarily through its critically important TRICARE support to the Department of Defense (DOD) community, is Kentucky’s top defense contractor, and has more than 12,000 employees based in Kentucky, including nearly 800 associates who work directly for Humana Military on TRICARE.
“We’ve built a culture of excellence when it comes to serving our members, which enables us to serve the men and women who have sacrificed so much for our country,” said Alan Wheatley, Humana’s Retail Segment president. “Humana is fully invested in providing health care services and experiences our nation’s veterans deserve and we commend Gov. Beshear’s focus on supporting veterans and their families as we commit to expand our company’s veteran-hiring initiative. It’s important to us to hire veterans and/or their spouses, as they bring such an important and valued perspective to our company.”
“As I am proud of my service to this country, I am also proud of working for a company that is dedicated to honoring and supporting our military, veterans and their families,” said Tiffany Robinson, process improvement lead with Humana’s Retail Segment, and a retired USAF Reserve Lieutenant Colonel. “I applaud Gov. Beshear for his focus on the veteran population in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and I’m excited about Humana’s commitment to provide additional employment and development opportunities for veterans and their spouses.”
Commissioner Jackson congratulated Humana virtually from Fort Knox where he was also participating in a ceremony marking the Partnership for Youth Success Program (PaYS), between the United States Army and the Kentucky Department of Veteran Affairs.
Jackson said, through PaYS the Kentucky Department of Veter
an Affairs looks to serve as a platform and connector for recruitment of veteran talent to work and live in Kentucky, but also assist any veteran who wishes to live in Kentucky.
“This collaborative effort between Humana, the United States Recruiting Command and the KDVA is a prime example of the Commonwealth of Kentucky moving forward,” said Commissioner Jackson. “We are focusing on keeping talented veterans and their families within the state. We are creating pathways to grow our workforce and economy.”
KDVA offers veterans and their families “wrap-around” services, including: VA benefits claims, burial entitlements, connection resources and support from state programs. KDVA also offers the Kentucky Homeless Veteran Program, the Kentucky Women Veterans Program, veteran employment, recruitment opportunities and oversees grants supporting projects and programs benefiting veterans. For more information visit, https://veterans.ky.gov.
The Governor said veterans and military families are not only our heroes, their commitment to our country and the commonwealth help drive our economy. The below statistics show the vast presence veterans and military families, as well as civilian support for the military have in the commonwealth:
This year, the Governor has continued to show his commitment to veterans and the veteran community in Kentucky.