Health insurance companies UnitedHealth Group and Cigna are joining hundreds of U.S. companies who have promised to hire more military veterans and members of their families.

UnitedHealth said its Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP) program is aimed at hiring military spouses from a number of job openings throughout the company.

Chris Coleman, UnitedHealth senior vice president of employee relations, said the program will help find employment for spouses of the active military, National Guard and veterans.

"Americans who serve in the military bravely make sacrifices that benefit everyone, and UnitedHealth Group wants to honor their service and provide their spouses with access to meaningful employment through this innovative partnership with MSEP," Coleman stated.

MSEP has already found work for more than 5,000 military spouses since it was launched last June.

Meanwhile, Cigna has announced it has joined Hero Health Hire, a coalition of companies and health insurance providers dedicated to finding jobs for wounded veterans.

The company said it is focuses on attracting, recruiting and developing more veterans who have strong leadership and problem solving skills that can benefit the healthcare industry.

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