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A Proud History &
Connection with
the Military

Lilly celebrates a long history of commitment to veterans and supporting the military, both in the workplace and in the community. In May 1876, Colonel Eli Lilly founded what would later become the only major U.S. pharmaceutical company founded by a U.S. military veteran. Today, our commitment to our military includes career opportunities, veteran community programs, volunteerism and other aid.

New Mission — Same Strength & Character

What defined you in the military — leadership, discipline, adaptability to change and a mission-driven focus is what we look for and will serve you well at Lilly. As a global health care leader, we give you an opportunity to transition your skills and strengths into important work in the private sector — bringing life-changing medicines to those who need them, improving the understanding and management of disease and giving back to our communities.

Keith Risinger being precented award on stage

Former Marine and Lilly employee Keith Risinger accepts the Extraordinary Employer Support Award on behalf of Lilly at the Annual Employer Award Banquet, sponsored by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR).

Lilly Dedicates Veterans Wall of Honor

Dedicated on Veterans Day 2016, the Wall of Honor beside Colonel's Field at our corporate headquarters in Indianapolis will forever commemorate the service of our founder, Colonel Eli Lilly, and U.S. veterans who have served people and continue to do so through their work at Lilly.

Hear From Our Veterans

John W.

In the pharmaceutical industry, the integrity of what we do is sacrosanct. You have to defend it and it has to be foremost in your thoughts in everything you do."

John W. Exec Sales Rep
(U.S. Marines)

Meet Eight Veterans Turned Lilly Employees

Leadership. Accountability. Discipline. Lilly employees who are U.S. military veterans are well acquainted with accomplishing missions. Now their missions are to provide for patients.

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