CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee will honor area veterans at its 2008 Veterans Recognition event in downtown Chattanooga on Nov. 11 at 10 a.m. More than 218 veterans employed at BlueCross and 14 serving in active duty are expected to attend.

This year’s event will feature special guest, Major Brian Borek, who will share from the perspective of an officer in the U.S. Army. Major Borek is a decorated veteran who most recently returned from Iraq, serving as the chief of operations with Task Force Freedom, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment Office of Intelligence. He is a resident of Georgia.

Who: BlueCross executives and employees

Major Brian Borek, Iraq war veteran

Open to public

What: 3rd annual Veterans Recognition Event

-- BlueCross choir will sing national anthem and other patriotic songs

-- BlueCross veterans will be honored

-- Major Brian Borek will share an officer’s perspective

-- Veterans will participate in a wreath laying ceremony

Where/ When: 801 Pine St., Downtown Chattanooga,

Tue., Nov. 11 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.