By Roger Ferguson, President and CEO, TIAA-CREF
Today we remember the sacrifices that our nation's veterans have made to protect our country and the freedoms that America was built upon.
For nearly a century, TIAA-CREF has been dedicated to serving those who serve others. Throughout America's history, no group has sacrificed more to serve others than the nation's veterans. We owe them our deepest gratitude and respect. To the brave men and women who have served over the years and to those who are currently serving, we thank you for your commitment and dedication to defending our country.
At TIAA-CREF, we have been fortunate to count many veterans among our employees, participants and board members. We extend our sincerest thanks to all of them.
While Veterans Day provides an opportunity for the country to reflect on the contributions of the nation's veterans, we must support our veterans every day of the year — not just during their military service, but also helping them make the transition back into civilian life. TIAA-CREF recognizes that veterans bring valuable skills, knowledge and leadership abilities to the workplace. We are proud to be a member of the 100,000 Job Mission, a coalition of companies committed to hiring at least 100,000 veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces by 2020. We are also involved with organizations such as "Boots to Suits" and "Veterans on Wall Street," which assist veterans with the transition to civilian life. These initiatives are an important part of our diversity and inclusion strategy, and help us attract the talent we need to serve our customers with excellence and achieve our mission.
For veterans who join TIAA-CREF, we are committed to providing a supportive community within the company. Our Military Veterans Employee Resource Group is an employee-run group dedicated to providing recognition, development and networking opportunities to our employees with military experience, supporting their families and serving the overall veterans community.
Again, thank you to all who have answered the nation's call to service.