Honoring Memorial Day

On Monday, May 27, Centene will join communities across the country in recognizing Memorial Day, a federal holiday honoring the brave individuals who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the U.S. military. Centene is proud of the exceptional services Military & Family Life Counselors (MFLCs) provide each day at installations throughout the world, supporting those who serve and their families and those left behind by loved ones who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

This past weekend at Fort Bragg,  MFLCs had the opportunity to support the Boots Memorial Display.  This is an important and special event to Fort Bragg and the SOS program.  Two of our MFLCs served on Sunday in hot temperatures during the middle of the day, though the experience and privilege to serve was worth the sweat and discomfort.  Below is a snapshot from their experience. 

From Joanne:  I just wanted to let you know what an honor and a privilege it was to provide support at this event. I was there from noon until 4pm and it was great to listen to some of the stories of the survivors who lost loved ones. I could tell that the soldiers and family members truly appreciated an MFLC presence during the event. I had the honor of listening to one soldier share memories of a team member he lost last year, and with the death of the team member being so recent he could not believe how many more boots there were after him already (the boots were arranged in chronological order by date). 

I’ll be honest and say it was a bit emotional for me as well, not only to hear those stories but because I personally knew 6 of the soldiers that the boots represent. So a bit of a tear-jerker, but I would provide support for and attend this event again in a heartbeat. It was HOT out, but so worth it!

From Monica: I just wanted you all to know that it was such an honor and humbling privilege to support the SOS today. I met a mother who was there and showed me the picture of her son, whose 19th birthday is today, I am going to be honest I was holding down the knot in my throat as I couldn’t help but think of my own son who is serving now. I remained strong and just asked her to tell me a little more about him, she did……. we smiled and she thanked me. I also spoke with a mother and daughter who were there for their son/brother. This mother actually said she used to volunteer at SOS just last year, she showed me his picture and we spoke about her son. 

It was super-hot today but compared to what these families and friends have gone through, I would do it again no matter the temperature. 

As Centene’s MFLC counselors, you all embody the company’s commitment to our active duty military and their families through the exceptional Military & Family Life Counseling services you provide on installations throughout the world.

Thank you all for your daily service and support to our service members and their families.

Respectfully,

Kathy Redd
President & CEO, HNFS