Team TriWest Supports Veterans at StandDown Event
Phoenix, AZ (March 21, 2022) – As part of its commitment to serve the military and Veteran communities, several TriWest Healthcare Alliance (TriWest) employee volunteers recently participated in the Maricopa County StandDown event.
The term “Stand Down" is a military term that refers to the brief period of time given to a soldier to leave an active combat area in order to rest and regain strength before returning to battle.
The annual StandDown is coordinated by the Arizona Housing Coalition's Arizona Veterans StandDown Alliance. Since 2001, it has served thousands of U.S. military Veterans and their families who are experiencing or are at risk of homelessness in Maricopa County, Arizona – home to the City of Phoenix and TriWest's corporate offices.
The StandDown offers Veterans and family members an opportunity to get and stay connected to supportive services such as getting access to the Department of Motor Vehicles for ID credentials, a chance to address local courts and speak with public attorneys, or simply get haircuts and medical care.
TriWest has participated in the event for several years, and in 2022 there were 22 employees who assisted the day before to help set up, and on the day of the event. Many found the experience to be moving and motivating.
“Our employee volunteers had the opportunity to pick their assignments for the day. Choices ranged from event set up and tear down – which was more important than ever this year given a move of some services to outdoor spaces to meet COVID requirements – or serving as a 'Veteran navigator' to walk Veterans around to the various services available. Some employees were directing and welcoming Veterans into the main entrance, while others were doing things like Veteran intake assessments and handing out meals and drinks," explained TriWest Director of Customer Care & Community Relations, Glenn Gray.
A Day Well Spent Helping Those in Need
“I know that several of our employees were looking forward to the opportunity to give back to Veterans in a way that is different from their normal duties," shared Glenn. “Thanks to support from TriWest senior leadership, our employees have the ability to utilize the paid volunteer time benefit to support events like this that benefit some of the Veterans we serve."
As a company, TriWest offers employees Volunteer Time Off benefits to give back to Veteran and military communities. Not only do employees work toward a common purpose each day, but they do so with benefits that make a difference in their lives.
Since its founding in 1996, TriWest has been On a Mission to Serve® our nation's Veteran and military communities. TriWest currently supports the health care needs of our nation's Veterans, offering access to quality provider networks and excellent customer service through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Community Care Network Regions 4 and 5 contracts.