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Nationwide Celebrates Military Appreciation Month with Homage to Fallen Soldier and 1,000th Veteran Hired Since 2012

Columbus, OH - In recognition of Military Appreciation Month, Nationwide honors veterans of the U.S. Armed forces in an upcoming NASCAR sponsorship event and recognizes their talents and contributions to the workplace by announcing its latest hiring milestone.

Nationwide hires 1000th veteran since 2012

Nationwide recognizes the shared connection that this important population has to the company’s mission and the talent they bring to the table, and since 2012, the company has added 1,000 veterans to its workforce.

Amy McBride is the company's 1000th veteran hired since 2012. She works in Nationwide’s commercial insurance claims office in Harrisburg, Pa., as a nurse case manager.

“The same integrity that is drilled into you in the military is very important in my job at Nationwide,” said McBride. “And the emphasis that the military puts on punctuality, teamwork and respect applies to my role as well.”

Ruben MinorDoug HuberChristina Lowhorn, Jason Dominguez and Angel Leija are all current associates who joined the Nationwide family after dedicating their time and talents to honorable careers in the military.

“We are proud of all of our Nationwiders and in particular the military veterans who have served our country,” says Gale King, chief administrative officer. “We are honored to have them join Nationwide and help us make a difference for our members and communities."

Nationwide, a national insurance and financial services provider, is a company with a noble purpose of delivering on a promise to protect members and business partners for more than 90 years. In 2015 alone, the company delivered on this promise by paying more than $16.1 billion in claims and other benefits during the year.

“When the country experiences a natural disaster or severe weather conditions, or when financial markets are in despair, people are in jeopardy of losing everything they’ve worked for,” said Rocky Parker, Nationwide’s vice president of talent acquisition. “It is during these moments of critical need that our associates work to meet a critical need for our members, business partners and associates.”

“Nationwide is still hiring in several office locations across the country and expects to continue to fuel its talent pipeline with more veterans because of their natural tie to culture and mission,” said Parker. “Part of what makes Nationwide a great company is that we value making an impact within our company and the communities we serve. We are committed to bringing talent on board from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives. Our veteran associates offer a unique set of skills, knowledge and talents that make them a great fit at Nationwide.”

Members of the military and veterans are encouraged to learn more about Nationwide by visiting the company’s career page, viewing potential career opportunities and submitting applications online here

Nationwide and NASCAR pay homage to fallen soldier

Nationwide unveiled a patriotic paint scheme that will be featured on Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s No. 88 Nationwide Chevrolet for the May 29 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The most notable feature of this paint scheme is that the car’s windshield will display the name of Lance Corporal Aaron Reed, a native of Chillicothe, Ohio, who served as a member of Lima Company and was killed in action on August 3, 2005, in Barwanah, Iraq.

Lance Corporal Reed’s mother, aunt and sister and Lance Corporal Travis Williams, the only surviving member of Aaron’s squad, will join Nationwide and the Reed family at the race in Charlotte, N.C.

“Featuring Lance Corporal Reed on Dale’s car is our way of honoring his memory as well as thanking him and veterans around the world for their service and sacrifice,” said Mike Boyd, Nationwide’s senior vice president of marketing. “We thank Dale Jr. for helping us remember this fallen soldier, and we pay tribute to members of the military and veterans for their service to this great nation.”

About Nationwide

Nationwide, a Fortune 100 company based in Columbus, Ohio, is one of the largest and strongest diversified insurance and financial services organizations in the United States. Nationwide is rated A+ by both A.M. Best and Standard & Poor’s. An industry leader in driving customer-focused innovation, Nationwide provides a full range of insurance and financial services products including auto, business, homeowners, farm and life insurance; public and private sector retirement plans, annuities and mutual funds; excess & surplus, specialty and surety; pet, motorcycle and boat insurance. For more information, visit www.nationwide.com. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.