Thanking Veterans for their Extraordinary Service

By Roger Ferguson, President and CEO
November 9, 2016
On Veterans Day, we extend our deepest gratitude to all those who have answered the nation’s call to service.  We thank you for your bravery, your extraordinary commitment to our country, and the sacrifices you have made to protect America’s precious freedoms.  You are true heroes.
I would also like to thank the many TIAA employees, clients and board members who are serving today or who have served throughout our nation’s history.  I am especially proud of TIAA’s employee-run Military and Veterans Employee Resource Group, which provides recognition, development and networking opportunities to our team members with military experience and supports their families and the overall veteran community. 
While Veterans Day provides a special opportunity for all of us to reflect on the contributions of the nation’s veterans, we must support our veterans every day of the year – not only during their military service, but also as they make the transition back into civilian life. That’s not just the right thing to do, it’s also the smart thing for any business to do. Veterans bring valuable skills, knowledge and leadership abilities to the workplace. 
TIAA is proud to be a member of the Veterans Jobs Mission, a coalition of more than 200 companies that has exceeded its original goal of hiring 100,000 veterans and has now set its sights on hiring 1,000,000. To assist veterans on their path towards fulfilling, long-term civilian careers, TIAA volunteers also serve as mentors in the American Corporate Partners (ACP) Veteran Mentoring program. 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.
I will close with words that are as relevant today as they were more than 60 years ago, when they appeared in Dwight D. Eisenhower’s presidential proclamation on Veterans Day:  “On that day let us solemnly remember the sacrifices of all those who fought so valiantly, on the seas, in the air, and on foreign shores, to preserve our heritage of freedom, and let us reconsecrate ourselves to the task of promoting an enduring peace so that their efforts shall not have been in vain.”
On behalf of the 13,000 people of TIAA, thank you to our veterans and all the brave men and women who serve.