; Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield Of New Jersey Designated As A 2014 "Military Friendly Employer®"
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Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield Of New Jersey Designated As A 2014 "Military Friendly Employer®"

November 11, 2013

NEWARK – For the second consecutive year, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey has been named a “Military Friendly Employer®” by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs and Military Spouse magazines.

Companies competing for the elite Military Friendly Employer® title were assessed on such factors as the strength of company military recruiting efforts, the percentage of new hires with prior military service, retention programs, and company policies on National Guard and Reserve service.

“Horizon supports U.S. military and former military personnel through our recruitment and hiring practices, as well as through our leave policies for employees who are called to active duty,” said Alison Banks-Moore, Chief Diversity Officer, Horizon BCBSNJ. To help foster an enhanced acceptance of diverse communities among Horizon BCBSNJ’s workforce, the company has formed multiple affinity groups, including a Military Affinity Group. “We’re proud to be a Military Friendly Employer® and are grateful to those employees who have served our country with honor and valor.”

The list of Horizon BCBSNJ and other companies qualifying for the new Military Friendly Employers® designation will appear in the December issue of G.I. Jobs magazine and in MilitaryFriendly.com.

“The 2014 Military Friendly Employers® represent the preeminent tier of companies with strong military recruitment programs and meaningful job opportunities for transitioning service members and spouses seeking civilian employment,” said Sean Collins, Vice President for Victory Media and a nine-year Navy veteran. “Our Military Friendly Employers® constitute the group of companies actually moving the needle and hiring from the military community. The 2014 Military Friendly Employers reported hiring over 117,000 service members and spouses over the last 12 months, representing an average of 14 percent of total new hires.”

About Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, the state’s oldest and largest health insurer, is a tax-paying, not-for-profit health services corporation, providing a wide array of medical, dental, and prescription insurance products and services. Horizon BCBSNJ is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, serving 3.7 million members with headquarters in Newark and offices in Wall, Mt. Laurel, and West Trenton. Learn more at www.HorizonBlue.com. About Horizon BCBSNJ’s Diversity programs Horizon BCBSNJ has instituted many programs aimed at promoting diversity within the company including: paid minority internships and manager development programs, as well as a Diversity Council and minority leadership programs. To learn more about Horizon BCBSNJ and its diversity efforts, visit: www.HorizonBlue.com/diversity

About Victory Media
Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs, is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business, serving the military community since 2001. Our Military Friendly® lists and methodology can be found at MilitaryFriendly.com. Our data-driven lists are published in G.I. Jobs, Military Spouse, Vetrepreneur magazines, republished in periodicals like USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Forbes and Bloomberg Business Week, and are frequently cited on national TV programs such as CNN, CNBC, NBC, Fox News and others.

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association is a national federation of 37 independent, community-based and locally-operated Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies that collectively provide healthcare coverage for nearly 100 million members – one-in-three Americans.  For more information on the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and its member companies, please visit bcbs.com. We encourage you to connect with us on Facebook, check out our videos on YouTube, follow us on Twitter and check out The BCBS Blog, for up-to-date information about BCBSA.