BLUE CROSS & BLUE SHIELD OF ARIZONA +
BG TOM BROWNING COMMUNITY HEROES AWARD
With a look through the VMLC Heroes Luncheon archives the names Blue Cross & Blue Shield and BG Tom Browning pop up for their exemplary community & VMLC support.
This year the VMLC is putting the two together by selecting BC & BS for the Tom Browning Community Heroes Award.
The most asked three questions for veterans and veteran Supporters in turn were asked of BC&BS. The most enlightening answers needed no additional comments. In the words of the Foundation Operations and Engagement team are as
Your BC&BS of AZ veteran outreach is truly incredible. Why
are you interested in helping veterans?
Serving those who have served is a priority for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona. Not only do we honor the men and women who have contributed to the preservation and security of our country, but these heroes are also our neighbors and coworkers, we have focused programs that are vital to the healthcare
community, veterans and their caregivers.
Do you have many veteran employees?
75 of our co-workers have identified that they’re veterans as of
August 9, 2021.
Tell us about at least one health and wellness focus for veterans.
Now more than ever, mental health matters. Blue Cross Blue Shield of AZ, through our Mobilize AZ public health initiative, is taking action to support teens, teachers, veterans, service members, mental health providers and the community. Through over $1 million in grant funding, Mobilize AZ has bolstered the reach of organizations that connect people to mental health support and resources. As one example, we joined forces with the UofA Center for Rural Health, which partners with the Arizona Coalition for Military families, to expand the Be Connected veteran support program in rural southern Arizona counties (Cochise, La Paz, Pinal, Gila and Santa Cruz). In Cochise county alone, veterans are 21.6% more likely than the general population to die by suicide. Overall,
41% of AZ veterans report thoughts of suicide. Be Connected works with more than 500,000 service members, veterans and their families,
providing resources and crisis intervention to reduce deaths by suicide.