Combined Insurance Helps Military Veterans Repurpose Military Experience for
Increased Career Opportunities
GLENVIEW, Ill. -- December 13, 2012
Continuing its support of helping our nation’s military veterans find civilian
employment, Combined Insurance, a leading provider of individual supplemental
accident, disability, health and life insurance products, is working to help
vets translate their military experience to better fit with private sector job
With the unemployment rate for military veterans still high – currently 10
percent for post-9/11 veterans, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics –
many vets continue to struggle to find work in the civilian job market. For
those vets who have only military experience, identifying how their military
skills fit into a civilian workforce can be a difficult task and can lead to
roadblocks in marketing what they have to offer to potential employers.
Combined Insurance helps solve that challenge, by working closely with
veterans to help translate their military experience, repurpose their skills
and revise their resumes to help make them more attractive to civilian
“Veterans have very desirable traits and skills – they can lead and be led,
they are responsible, disciplined, dedicated and hard-working – but many of
them don’t understand how to extract those qualities from their military
positions and repackage them on their resumes,” says Peter Leighton, senior
vice president, recruiting at Combined Insurance. “We show them how. Not many
companies are willing to spend the time to do that.”
To help military veterans increase their civilian career opportunities,
Combined Insurance works closely with the Transition Assistance Program (TAP).
TAP, a partnership among the Departments of Defense, Veterans Affairs,
Transportation and the Department of Labor's Veterans' Employment and Training
Service, was established to meet the needs of separating service members
during their period of transition into civilian life by offering job-search
assistance and related services.
Combined Insurance attends TAP workshops and provides counsel and insight into
the civilian job market so veterans gain a better understanding of the steps
they need to take and what to expect as they start to search for employment.
In addition to helping them plan, the company also helps teach veterans how to
enhance their skills and create their resumes.
For example, someone who may have been a gunner’s mate in the military, would
have been responsible for operating and maintaining guided missile launching
systems, rocket launchers, gun mounts and other ordnance systems and
equipment, as well as training and supervising crews in the use of large
caliber guns, missile systems, and small arms. “Most civilian employers
wouldn’t have a need for a gunner’s mate. But we know that gunner’s mates are
analytical, good managers, detail-oriented, strategic thinkers, problem
solvers, and are comfortable operating and servicing machinery, which are all
desirable and employable qualities,” adds Leighton. “We help identify those
skills and show the vets that we work with how to package them on their
Since 2010, Combined Insurance has helped more than 400 veterans find jobs.
The company also recently announced it was committing to hiring 1,000 military
veterans in 2013.
To help meet that goal, Combined Insurance has built a strong military
recruitment program that includes its participation in TAP, as well as Hiring
Our Heroes, the 100,000 Jobs Mission, and use of other military recruiting
resources such as vetsuccess.gov, Fleet and Family Support Centers, the
Veterans Administration, state representatives and other local veteran
“Of course we hope the veterans that we work with will choose a career with
Combined Insurance, but our first goal is to help them,” adds Leighton. “Our
veterans have put their lives on the line for this country, so if anybody
deserves help – deserves an advantage – they do and we are doing our best to
give it to them.”
In November, 2012, Combined Insurance was ranked 8 out of 100 top military
employers and ranked 3 out of 25 as a top military spouse employer by G.I.
For more information on Combined Insurance’s military veterans recruiting
efforts, visit www.combinedinsurance.com/military.
About Combined Insurance
Combined Insurance is a leading provider of individual supplemental accident,
disability, health and life insurance products and part of the ACE Group of
Companies. With a field sales force and corporate staff in excess of 5,000
people worldwide, Combined Insurance meets the growing coverage needs of
policyholders around the globe. For more information, call 1-800-490-1322 or
The ACE Group is a global leader in insurance and reinsurance serving a
diverse group of clients. Headed by ACE Limited (NYSE:ACE), a component of the
S&P 500 stock index, the ACE Group conducts its business on a worldwide basis
with operating subsidiaries in more than 50 countries. Additional information
can be found at www.acegroup.com.
Amy Burrell-Tichy, 847-953-8321
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