DUBLIN, Ohio, Sept. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Cardinal Health has been named as a Promising Practice of the first-ever Work Life Legacy Military Award. Families and Work Institute (FWI), a nonprofit research organization, created this award in response to the growing workforce challenge and opportunity facing service men and women, their families and employers. The company was formally honored at FWI's annual Work Life Legacy Award dinner at Cipriani 42 nd Street in New York City. With more than 2 million military veterans expected to transition to the civilian workforce by 2016, the need for support and opportunities for this community has become a national issue. According to Admiral Michael Mullen, retired Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and member of FWI's Board of Directors, "Our veterans are returning home to a tough economy, and yet, they are of an extraordinary generation with great potential to continue to make a remarkable difference in the workplace." Cardinal Health was recognized for its Transition and Mentoring training program targeting recent separations that helps prepare veterans for the civilian workforce; and for leveraging the program's impact by developing a network of nonprofit military service organizations that will funnel qualified candidates into it. Deborah Mullen, Military Family Advocate and member of FWI's Board, emphasizes that, "The past eleven years of war have seen unprecedented service and sacrifice by our nation's military families. Many have endured long separations fraught with anxiety over the safety of their loved ones serving in harm's way. As these families return to communities across our country, we should recognize their service and sacrifice and make every effort to help them achieve a successful transition." For information about the 2012 Work Life Legacy Military Award, please visit http://familiesandwork.org/site/events/wlla/site/honorees/EmployerAwardees.html. The Work Life Legacy Award Web site link is: http://familiesandwork.org/site/events/wlla/site/index.html. ABOUT FAMILIES AND WORK INSTITUTEThe Families and Work Institute (FWI) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization that studies the changing workforce, family and community. As a preeminent think tank, FWI is known for being ahead of the curve, identifying emerging issues, and then conducting rigorous research that often challenges common wisdom and provides insight and knowledge. As an action tank, FWI conducts numerous studies that put its research into action and then evaluates the results. Its purpose is to create research to live by. For more information, visit http://www.familiesandwork.org and follow us on Twitter @FWINews. ABOUT THE WORK LIFE LEGACY AWARDSThe Work Life Legacy Award was created to capture the stories of those who have created the work life movement. By documenting the history of this movement and by paying tribute to its leaders, Families and Work Institute hopes to witness the past and inspire the future. http://familiesandwork.org/site/events/wlla/site/index.htmlABOUT CARDINAL HEALTHHeadquartered in Dublin, Ohio, Cardinal Health, Inc. (NYSE: CAH) is a $108 billionhealth care services company that improves the cost-effectiveness of health care. As the business behind health care, Cardinal Health helps pharmacies, hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers and physician offices focus on patient care while reducing costs, enhancing efficiency and improving quality. Cardinal Health is an essential link in the health care supply chain, providing pharmaceuticals and medical products to more than 60,000 locations each day. The company is also a leading manufacturer of medical and surgical products, including gloves, surgical apparel and fluid management products. In addition, the company supports the growing diagnostic industry by supplying medical products to clinical laboratories and operating the nation's largest network of radiopharmacies that dispense products to aid in the early diagnosis and treatment of disease. Ranked #21 on the Fortune 500, Cardinal Health employs more than 30,000 people worldwide. More information about the company may be found at cardinalhealth.com and @CardinalHealth on Twitter.