From Marathons to the Workplace, Cigna Goes the Distance for Veterans

  From Marathons to the Workplace, Cigna Goes the Distance for Veterans

  *$45,000 provided to sponsor Achilles Team at 2013 Walt Disney World©
    Marathon  Weekend
  *Colleague Resource Group supports veterans working at Cigna
  *More than $150,000 given in 2012 to help veterans heal

Business Wire

BLOOMFIELD, Conn. -- November 12, 2012

Cigna (NYSE:CI) today announced the company will sponsor the Achilles Freedom
Team and Achilles Kids at the 2013 Walt Disney World© Marathon Weekend,
presented by Cigna. Grants of nearly $45,000 from the Cigna Foundation will
make it possible for 20 Achilles International athletes and five Achilles
children to take part in the weekend events scheduled for Jan. 10-13. Runners
are active members of Achilles, a non-profit organization dedicated to
enabling wounded veterans and other people with disabilities to participate in
mainstream athletics.

“We’re grateful to Cigna for helping our wounded veterans and other runners
feel the power of participating in sports and activities that help restore
their physical strength, confidence, and self-esteem,” said Genna Griffith,
director of the Achilles Freedom Team.

This is the latest announcement in a deepening relationship between Cigna and
Achilles. Earlier this year, the two organizations forged an unusual
collaboration through which Cigna’s selected long-term disability customers
have access to Achilles programs, including individual coaching, personal
training, a community of support and an opportunity to participate in
activities with other Achilles athletes.

“Today, Cigna salutes all 21 million military veterans and their families for
their selfless service to our country on behalf of others,” said John
Murabito, chairman of the Cigna Foundation Board of Directors and executive
vice president of Cigna Human Resources and Services. “Our work with Achilles
International and support of the Achilles Freedom Team pays tribute to all
veterans’ courage, sacrifices, and spirit.”

At the workplace, Cigna in September kicked off the Veteran’s Colleague
Resource Group (CRG) to further support veterans at Cigna and to best use
their talent and skills to reach business goals. Cigna’s CRG taps into the
skills and experiences of employee veterans to improve hiring and retention of
veterans, serve and retain veteran and military customers, encourage diversity
and Cigna's use of veteran suppliers, and support veteran-related charities
such as Achilles International.

Additionally, in 2012, the Cigna Foundation provided more than $150,000 to
help veterans heal the wounds of war:

  *Veterans Group Grant to cover food costs for 2012 at The Veterans Group, a
    homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia;
  *National Alliance for the Mentally Ill / Washington DC Family to Family
    Military, modifying existing mental health programs to meet the needs of
    returning military/families;
  *Lone Survivor Foundation Grant to support the therapeutic and distinctive
    opportunities for recovery to wounded soldiers, their families and
    surviving families;
  *Veterans' National Education Program Post 9/11 Education and Outreach
    Project; and
  *Pets for Vets Companions for Heroes, which matches shelter dogs to armed
    forces veterans.

About the Cigna Foundation

The Cigna Foundation is a private foundation funded by contributions from
Cigna Corporation (NYSE: CI) and its subsidiaries. The Cigna Foundation
supports organizations sharing its commitment to enhancing the health of
individuals and families, and the well-being of their communities, with a
special focus on those communities where Cigna employees live and work.

About Cigna

Cigna Corporation (NYSE: CI) is a global health service company dedicated to
helping people improve their health, well-being and sense of security. All
products and services are provided exclusively through operating subsidiaries
of Cigna Corporation, including Connecticut General Life Insurance Company,
Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company, Life Insurance Company of North
America and Cigna Life Insurance Company of New York. Such products and
services include an integrated suite of health services, such as medical,
dental, behavioral health, pharmacy and vision care benefits, and other
related products including group disability, life, and accident coverage.
Cigna has sales capability in 30 countries and jurisdictions, with
approximately 70 million customer relationships throughout the world. To learn
more about Cigna®, including links to follow us on Facebook or Twitter, visit
www.cigna.com.

About Achilles

Achilles International is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit helping people with
disabilities be active, set goals, achieve, and make long term improvements to
their health and fitness. Achilles, which was founded in 1983, has its
headquarters in NY and can be found on the web at
www.achillesinternational.org

Contact:

Cigna Corporation
Gloria Barone, 215-761-4758
Gloria.barone@cigna.com
 
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