CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee will honor area veterans at its 2007 Veterans Recognition Event in downtown Chattanooga on Nov. 9 at 10 a.m. More than 200 veterans employed at BlueCross and 10 serving in active duty are expected to attend.

This year’s event will feature special guest, Sgt. Shane Land, who will share the perspective of an American solider. Sgt. Land is a decorated Iraq war veteran that has completed more than 500 missions and treated nearly 200 casualties as a medic with the 4th Infantry Division during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is a resident of Ringgold, Ga.

Who: BlueCross executives and employees Sgt. Shane Land, Iraq war veteran

What: 2nd annual Veterans Recognition Event

* BlueCross choir will sing national anthem and other patriotic songs

* BlueCross veterans will be honored

* Sgt. Shane Land will share a soldier’s perspective

* Veterans will be asked to participate in a wreath laying ceremony

Where/When: 801 Pine St., Downtown Chattanooga

Fri., Nov. 09 from 10 – 10:30 a.m.

Why: To honor veterans who served our country and recognize their contributions to the workplace

About BlueCross

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee's mission is to provide its customers and communities with peace of mind through affordable solutions for health and healing, life and living. Founded in 1945, the Chattanooga-based company is focused on reinventing the health plan for its 3 million members in Tennessee and across the country. Through its integrated health management approach, BlueCross provides patient-centric products and services that drive health improvement and positively impact health care quality and value. BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Inc. is an independent licensee of the BlueCross BlueShield Association. For more information, visit the company's website at www.bcbst.com.