Cigna Communications Executive Joins Board in Support of Veterans
- Maggie FitzPatrick named to board of P2V
- P2V pairs animals in shelters with wounded veterans
- Program helps heal psychological and physical scars of war
BLOOMFIELD, Conn., November 22, 2011 - Maggie FitzPatrick, chief communications officer of Cigna (NYSE:CI), was named to the board of P2V, an organization that rescues shelter animals and pairs them with veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury or other mental health issues.
Maggie FitzPatrick, chief communications officer at Cigna, has joined the board of P2V. (Photo: Business Wire)
"I'm honored to be involved in a group doing such important work to help our nation's veterans heal from the wounds of war," FitzPatrick said. Her own dog, Scout, was rescued, and so P2V has double meaning for FitzPatrick. "Anyone who has saved an animal knows the depth of joy and companionship these pets can provide. Research shows that P2V animals are significantly helping wounded veterans cope with civilian life after active duty."
P2V, based in Washington, D.C., was founded by David Sharpe, who serves as chief executive officer and executive director. He has more than 10 years of federal government and military service, having served six years in the United States Air Force Security Forces, and currently works in the federal government. P2V is an Animal Assisted Activity (AAA) program that recognizes the power of the human-animal relationship and supports those suffering from psychological stress and physical injuries as they pursue recovery with the unconditional love of a pet.
"As a veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress, I know how important my own shelter animal was in my recovery. We are grateful for Cigna's support of our mission and the meaningful difference we are making in the lives of veterans and sheltered animals," Sharpe said.
FitzPatrick has served as chief communications officer for Cigna since September 2010 and is a member of the company's enterprise leadership team. Before joining Cigna in 2010, she was executive vice president at a leading global strategic communications firm where she counseled senior leaders at Fortune 100 companies. FitzPatrick is currently serving as president of the Cigna Foundation.
As part of Cigna's support for veterans, the Cigna Foundation provided a $25,000 grant to P2V.
Cigna Corporation (NYSE: CI) is a global health service company dedicated to helping people improve their health, well-being and sense of security. All products and services are provided exclusively through operating subsidiaries of Cigna Corporation, including Connecticut General Life Insurance Company, Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company, Life Insurance Company of North America and Cigna Life Insurance Company of New York. Such products and services include an integrated suite of health services, such as medical, dental, behavioral health, pharmacy and vision care benefits, and other related products including group life, accident and disability insurance. Cigna maintains sales capability in 30 countries and jurisdictions, and has approximately 70 million customer relationships throughout the world. To learn more about Cigna®, including links to follow us on Facebook or Twitter, visit www.cigna.com.
The CIGNA Foundation is a private foundation funded by contributions from CIGNA Corporation and its subsidiaries. The CIGNA Foundation supports organizations sharing its commitment to enhancing the health of individuals and families, and the well-being of their communities, with a special focus on those communities where CIGNA employees live and work.
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