UnitedHealth Group Signs Employer Support of the
Guard and Reserve "Statement of Support," Affirms
Commitment to Military Service Members and Veterans
Minnetonka, Minn. (June 14, 2012) - UnitedHealth Group has
signed the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR)
"Statement of Support," affirming the company's commitment
to its employees who are retired, active-duty and reserve
As such, the company is stepping up efforts to hire and
retain members of the Guard and Reserve and emphasizing the
company's policy to ensure its employees who are
active-duty and reserve military personnel are able to keep
their jobs while they are away from the workplace defending
the nation. This policy is in support of the Uniformed
Services Employment and Re-Employment Rights Act (USERRA),
which was enacted by Congress in 1994.
In addition, UnitedHealth Group covers gaps in pay for
active duty military members for up to 52 weeks. Employees
on active duty are paid any difference between their
military pay and their base salary, ensuring financial
stability for them and their families while they are on
According to ESGR, the Reserve components comprise nearly
half of the nation's total available military manpower. The
current National Defense Strategy indicates that the
National Guard and Reserve will be vital partners in the
fully integrated Total Force, which means Reserve forces
will spend more time away from the workplace defending the
Leaders from UnitedHealth Group recently met with officials
from ESGR in Minnesota at a formal signing ceremony to
pledge their support of current and future Guard and
"In this environment, civilian employers play a critical
role in the defense of the nation by committing to support
their employees who are active members of the Guard and
Reserve," said James G. Rebholz, National Chairman, ESGR.
"By signing this statement of support, UnitedHealth Group
pledges to support service members and their families in
times of peace, crisis and war."
"UnitedHealth Group honors America's service members and
veterans, and we are grateful for the dedication our Guard
and Reserve employees have to our country and communities,"
said Lori McDougal, CEO of UnitedHealthcare Military &
Veterans, a UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) company. "As an
employer, it is an honor to support these exceptional
individuals in their work efforts and their service to our
UnitedHealth Group received ESGR's "Above and Beyond Award"
May 21. The award is given in limited numbers by state and
territory ESGR committees. It recognizes employers at the
state and local level who have gone above and beyond the
legal requirements for granting leave and providing support
for military duty by their employees.
The ESGR Statement of Support is in addition to other
UnitedHealth Group relationships and efforts geared toward
sourcing and recruiting top military and veteran
candidates. These include a commitment to the Military
Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP) and support of job
services agencies, vocational rehabilitation services and
the Department of Veterans Affairs.
ESGR was established in 1972 to promote cooperation and
understanding between Reserve component members and their
civilian employers and to assist in the resolution of
conflicts arising from an employee's military commitment.
It is the lead DoD organization for this mission under DoD
About UnitedHealth Group
UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) is a diversified health and
well-being company dedicated to helping people live
healthier lives and making health care work better. With
headquarters in Minnetonka, Minn., UnitedHealth Group
offers a broad spectrum of products and services through
two distinct platforms: UnitedHealthcare, which provides
health care coverage and benefits services; and Optum,
which provides information and technology-enabled health
services. Through its businesses, UnitedHealth Group serves
more than 75 million people worldwide.www.unitedhealthgroup.com
for more information.
UnitedHealth Group recognizes, honors Uniformed Services
Employment and Re-Employment Rights Act (USERRA).
Company covers gaps in pay for active duty military
members for up to 52 weeks