1st Lt. Promise Newman* took a leave of absence in December 2020 to join Tennessee’s COVID-19 task force. She is a field medical assistant with the Tennessee National Guard and an associate life event specialist at Unum who was assigned to Memphis-area hospitals. Serving as the liaison to hospital staff, Newman also supervised the state’s pandemic Provider Project and helped increase the availability of vaccinations in high-risk population areas throughout the state.
Newman said, “My employer has been really supportive of my military assignment. During one of the company’s leadership conference calls, the CEO took time to mention what I’m doing. It is nice to have an employer who appreciates the military service of its employee.”
Veteran support: Helping service members thrive
Newman continues serving by helping establish the National Guard’s hospital presence in Chattanooga. “Working in the area hospitals has been phenomenal,” said Newman. “The relief on the faces of the hospital staff was immediate. The gratitude from the civilians we are serving is also evident. They see the military uniform and enthusiastically thank us for our service. It is a very humbling experience.”
For Clutter, he doesn’t feel the need to bring Colt to work like he has done with past organizations, “My co-workers have been amazing in supporting me. I don’t feel the overwhelming anxiety that I have before.”
Clutter has some advice for Veterans looking to work after retirement, “Take it slow and research if the company’s atmosphere is acceptable of your ability. Take transition speed bumps as they come. Ask for help when you need it. Unum has been good at providing that help.”
Thank you to all active duty and retired military personnel for you service.
*Article for Newman first appeared in Defense Visual Information Distribution Service.
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About Unum Group
Unum Group (NYSE: UNM), an international provider of workplace benefits and services, has been helping workers and their families for 175 years. Through its Unum and Colonial Life brands, the company offers disability, life, accident, critical illness, dental, vision and stop-loss insurance; leave and absence management support and behavioral health services. In 2022, Unum reported revenues of about $12 billion and paid $8 billion in benefits. The Fortune 500 company is one of the 2023 World’s Most Ethical Companies, recognized by Ethisphere®.