WellPoint announced today that it has earned the 2015 Military Friendly® Employer and Military Spouse Friendly Employer designation by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs® and Military Spouse, ranking 81 on this year's list. This marks the sixth consecutive year the company has been named to the list.

Companies competing for placement on the list completed a data-driven survey based on several measures including a benchmark score across key programs and policies such as the strength of company military recruiting efforts, percentage of new hires with prior military service, retention programs for veterans, and company publicities on National Guard and Reserve service.

"We believe that our nation's veterans and our associates serving in the National Guard and Reserve possess unique experiences and skills that are valuable to our organization," said Tracy Edmonds, chief diversity officer at WellPoint. "Their contributions and commitment make us stronger as a company so we can continue transforming health care with trusted solutions. Being named to the list of Top Military Friendly Employers reinforces our determination to position ourselves as leaders in this space through the adoption of best practices for recruiting and retaining veterans."

Further enhancing WellPoint's commitment to a military friendly workplace is the company's Veterans of WellPoint (VOW) associate resource group. Made up of more than 260 associates the group actively collaborates with the company's talent acquisition team on career events and recruitment fairs and teams with managers and company leaders to educate them about the unique aspects of attracting and employing military veterans and military families. True to their military code of supporting fellow troops, VOW members are often found in their local communities conducting food drives or holding care package drives during the holidays to support WellPoint associates and their immediate family members who are deployed into active duty.

WellPoint's appearance on the Top 100 Military Friendly ® Employer reinforces its ongoing commitment and partnerships with organizations such as the 100,000 Jobs Mission , Hero.Health.Hire as well as, on the WellPoint career site at http://wellpoint-veterans.jobs/

Now in its 12 th year, Military Friendly ® Employers media is the premier resource for transitioning service members and spouses seeking civilian employment. Each year companies taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology, criteria and weightings developed with the assistance of an Advisory Board consisting of leaders in the military recruitment community. A full list of board members can be found at MilitaryFriendly.com/board.

About WellPoint, Inc.

WellPoint is working to transform health care with trusted and caring solutions. Our health plan companies deliver quality products and services that give their members access to the care they need. With nearly 69 million people served by its affiliated companies, including more than 37 million enrolled in its family of health plans, WellPoint is one the of nation's leading health benefits companies. WellPoint companies serve members as the Blue Cross licensee for California; and as the Blue Cross and Blue Shield licensees for Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Missouri (excluding 30 counties in the Kansas City area), Nevada, New Hampshire, New York (as the Blue Cross Blue Shield licensee in 10 New York City metropolitan and surrounding counties and as the Blue Cross or Blue Cross Blue Shield licensee in selected upstate counties only), Ohio, Virginia (excluding the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C.), and Wisconsin. In most of these service areas, WellPoint does business as Anthem Blue Cross, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia and Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield, or Empire Blue Cross (in the New York service areas). It also serves customers in other states through its Amerigroup, CareMore and UniCare subsidiaries. To find out more about WellPoint, go to wellpoint.com.

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