Bankers Life and Casualty Company Hosts Veterans Appreciation Event with at Bankers Life Fieldhouse

   Bankers Life and Casualty Company Hosts Veterans Appreciation Event with
          at Bankers Life Fieldhouse

PR Newswire

CHICAGO, April 11, 2013

CHICAGO, April 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Bankers Life and Casualty Company and hosted a military veteran appreciation pre-game event Tuesday at
Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis to discuss the challenges facing
veterans transitioning to civilian careers. The event was hosted by the Field
Recruiting department of Bankers Life.

Military servicemembers and local veterans met with Ed Bonach, CEO of CNO
Financial Group (parent company of Bankers Life); Brian Blandford, Director of
Field Recruiting Operations for Bankers Life; and Jon St. Peter, National
Recruiting Manager for Bankers Life.

"Veteran unemployment is among the highest of any group in the nation, and
Bankers is dedicated to military veterans and their unparalleled commitment to
serving our nation by growing and enhancing our military veteran recruitment
program for Bankers' field sales force," said Scott Perry, President of
Bankers Life. "This event was important in helping Bankers better understand
how to provide the right tools and opportunities to returning veterans, to
enable an easier transition from military to civilian careers."

The Bankers Life event, sponsored in conjunction with, was held
not only to honor local military veterans and thank them for their service to
our country, but to talk directly with veterans and military personnel about
the issues they face in seeking employment, and their needs in making the
transition back to civilian life.

"This is a fantastic opportunity for local veterans and military members to
see a great example of true commitment to supporting veterans," said Randy
Plunkett, Director of Government and Community Outreach for, who
attended the event and spoke with a number of servicemembers and veterans
going through the transition process. "By bringing these folks together and
really listening to their needs means that Bankers Life will be able to
recruit some incredible individuals who will bring the same loyalty and
leadership to their company as they did to their military service."

With over one million veterans transitioning out of the military over the next
five years, the issue of employment and access to jobs has become a national
conversation. In many cases the key factors are a lack of understanding on
the business side of how skills in the military translate to civilian jobs,
and a lack of experience on the servicemember's part in articulating their
military skills to a civilian manager.

"I am impressed that a big organization like Bankers is doing this," said
Captain Matt Limeberry of the Indiana National Guard, an attendee of the
event. "I wonder why other companies are not reaching out to help veterans
find jobs by learning more about their transition and what they need to find a
civilian career."

About Bankers Life and Casualty Company
Established in 1879 in Chicago, Bankers Life and Casualty Company focuses on
the insurance needs of the retirement market. The nationwide company, a
subsidiary of CNO Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE: CNO), offers a broad portfolio
of health and life insurance and annuities designed especially for retirees.
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