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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 global research-based company Eli Lilly and Company. Lilly is the only major U.S. pharmaceutical company founded by a U.S. military veteran and support for members of our military is part of the DNA at Lilly. The Lilly commitment to our military includes career opportunities, veteran community programs, volunteerism and other aid.

Lilly recognizes the strengths that veterans bring to our company – leadership, discipline, adaptability to change and a mission-driven focus. These are attributes that make a difference in the military, and they are essential to our company as well.

As a global health-care leader, Lilly gives members of the military an opportunity to transition their skills and strengths to important work in the private sector. Lilly employees around the world work to discover and bring life-changing medicines to those who need them, improve the understanding and management of disease and give back to communities.

Members of the military are encouraged to explore Lilly’s career opportunities and the advantages of working for a company that is focused on making life better for people around the world. Lilly offers competitive salaries, training and development, health and many other benefits.

Former Marine and Lilly employee Keith Risinger recently accepted 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). The new award recognizes sustained employer support of National Guard and Reserve service. Recipients must demonstrate three years of support after receiving a previous ESGR award.

“Colonel Eli Lilly’s patriotism, legacy and service is being passed on to future generations of Eli Lilly and Company employees through the Veterans Leadership Network (VLN). Lilly’s VLN is a model for companies large and small as to how to include and effectively support their employees that are active service members and veterans. We at ESGR, the nation and most importantly the men and women fighting for all of us are grateful.”

Ken Smith | Indy 81st Training Manager, UPS

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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

Tiffanie Ditlevson

Sr Sales Representative

(U.S. Air Force)

As I transitioned over to Lilly, once I learned the great things that our medicines do and everything that went into it, I was able to see the honor in this company and the honor in what I do.

John Way

Assoc Consultant, Marketing

(U.S. Marines)

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.
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Meet 8 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.

Military Skills Translator

Find your next mission. Explore Lilly jobs based on your military experience and background.

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