D. McIntyre with group for the Constance J. Milstein Philanthropic Award.

TriWest Humbled to Receive Philanthropic Award from Blue Star Families Organization

“This work is a labor of love for us. The majority of the TriWest workforce is made up of Veterans, military spouses, Guard and Reserve members, and those who love and respect them.” – TriWest President and CEO David J. McIntyre, Jr

TriWest Healthcare Alliance (TriWest) humbly received a philanthropic award Oct. 26 from the respected military support organization Blue Star Families for long-time service to Veterans, their families and other military-connected communities.

At its 2023 ‘Blue Star Celebration,’ Blue Star Families presented the Constance J. Milstein Philanthropic Award to TriWest as part of its stated purpose to “honor Americans who are doing their part to preserve our All-Volunteer Force’s strength and viability by supporting our military families.”

The award, named after the organization’s founding Board member, is presented annually for “going above and beyond the call of duty to support military families in communities,” according to Blue Star Families. TriWest was recognized for its long-time commitment to Veterans and military-connected communities for their service in the defense of the nation.

Partnering in Support of Military Families and Military-Connected Individuals

Blue Star Families, Brandon Payne, KVP.Blue Star Families is one of the nation’s most respected military support organizations. The national nonprofit, founded by military spouses in 2009, is committed to strengthening military families and military-related individuals by connecting them with their neighbors and communities.

Through local chapters they enlist individuals and organizations to help create strong communities of mutual support, empowering military families to thrive while they serve.

Blue Star Families CEO Kathy Roth-Douquet announced the award at the Celebration.

“We are so deeply grateful for our relationship with TriWest,” Roth-Douquet said. “TriWest has been a leader in this community for decades. They’re extraordinarily caring of military families. They’ve been an incredible collaborator in making a difference with military families. That’s why it’s so appropriate for us to present the Constance J. Milstein Philanthropic Award to TriWest,” Roth-Douquet added.

TriWest appreciates its long-time partnership with Blue Star Families to support military-connected individuals and families. For nearly three decades TriWest has joined with similar organizations to support Active Duty Service Members, Veterans and military-connected individuals and communities.

BSF White Oak Collaborative Luncheon-DC-011Donna Hoffmeier, TriWest Senior Vice President of Strategic Communications and Advocacy attended the event and has been actively involved with Blue Star Families initiatives over the years.

“I had the opportunity to get involved with Blue Star Families several years ago and worked with them on a series of public service announcements regarding suicide prevention,” said Hoffmeier.

“Blue Star Families is very focused on addressing challenges military families face. They use research methods to identify key issues and then work in a very action-oriented manner to make change. Blue Star Families has gone full force into trying to help the community better understand the military population and their families, and to help military families get the most out of their community engagement,” Hoffmeier added.

At the event, TriWest President and CEO David J. McIntyre, Jr., provided remarks on behalf of the company and employees for receipt of the prestigious philanthropic award. He noted that TriWest’s 27-year legacy of strong service and support for military-connected individuals and communities is part of TriWest’s DNA. “This work is a labor of love for us. The majority of the TriWest workforce is made up of Veterans, military spouses, Guard and Reserve members, and those who love and respect them,” said McIntyre.

McIntyre added that Blue Star Families has made much progress but there still remains much to do. He encouraged everyone to help support Blue Star Families as it celebrates its 15th anniversary next year, noting that by working together, we can all help ensure that wherever military families go, they can feel connected, supported and empowered to thrive.

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