Anthem Blue Cross Donates 350 iPads to Wounded Active Duty Military Devices to Assist in Rehab, Help Keep In Touch with Loved Ones

| May 11, 2012 | 1 Comment

In order to assist in the often arduous recovery process, Anthem Blue Cross and military veterans and their families who work for its parent company donated 350 Apple iPads to be used by members of the Armed Forces recovering from injuries suffered in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere.

Attached is a photo of Anthem Blue Cross Vice President and General Manager Steve Scott announcing the donation of 350 iPads at the Armed ServicesYMCA in San Diego. He is joined by Assemblymembers Marty Block and Brian Jones. Credit: Darrel Ng, Anthem Blue Cross

“These selfless men and women put their lives on the line to defend the freedoms that we too often take for granted,” said Pam Kehaly, president of Anthem Blue Cross. “We hope these iPads can play a small role in their recovery as a tool in the rehabilitation process and help them keep in touch with loved ones.”

The gift of the iPads – valued at more than $175,000 – demonstrates the commitment of Anthem Blue Cross and its associates to helping America’s veterans.

“We have a duty to take care of those who have been injured while fighting for our country,” said Steve Scott, vice president of Anthem Blue Cross. “At Anthem Blue Cross, our mission is to help our members get healthy and stay healthy. We sincerely hope these iPads will help some of the military heroes get healthy and stay healthy.”

The donation will be made to the Armed Services YMCA. Anthem expect that the iPads will then distribute it to wounded warriors currently recovering from injuries at Balboa Naval Medical Center and the Purple Heart recipients at the Wounded Warrior Battalion, West at Camp Pendleton.

“Approximately 60% of those injured by an explosion while deployed had a Traumatic Brain Injury. For service members with a moderate-severe Traumatic Brain Injury the iPad can be an effective tool used to help organize and retrieve information. Thanks so much for this very generous donation,” said Cherri Barnswell, senior program director at the Armed Services YMCA, Naval Medical Center in San Diego.

Named by G.I. Jobs magazine to the list of Top 100 Military Friendly Employers® three years running, Anthem Blue Cross’s parent company and associates continue to support America’s heroes by:

·         100,000 Jobs Mission: Last month, Anthem’s parent company joined the 100,000 Jobs Mission, a coalition of major corporations that have jointly   committed to hiring 100,000 transitioning service members and military veterans by 2020. Anthem’s parent company was the first health benefits company to do so.
·         USO: The company donates $50,000 annually to the USO, and employees put together care packages for deployed military personnel.
·         Wounded Warrior Disabled Sports Project: In addition, our Life and Disability Insurance companies further demonstrate Anthem’s commitment to helping disabled veterans live active lives through sponsorships of sporting opportunities run by The Wounded Warrior Disabled Sports Project.

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