Throughout its history, AIG’s operations have been repeatedly affected by the outbreak of war. And each time when the company’s employees have answered the call to service, the company made sure to support them both during deployment and once they return home.
During World War II, AIG founder Cornelius Vander Starr held jobs for those employees who went off to fight, as well as for those who had been detained as civilian prisoners in occupied territories. Starr kept in touch with families of detained employees to give them regular updates. He also made sure those employees’ jobs were waiting for them after the war’s end and they regained their freedom.
AIG has also taken steps to help veterans as they readjust to life beyond uniformed service.
Since 1989, AIG has hosted its Winter Summit in Stowe, Vermont, for employees, partners and brokers. This event has served as a way to raise funds for the nonprofit Disabled Sports USA, including the Warfighter Sports program.
After the tragic events of September 11, a number of employees who served in the military reserves were called into duty. Companies must, by U.S. law, hold a reservist’s position, but they are not required to continue to pay a salary. While some companies offer 50 percent of a worker’s salary, AIG chose to commit 100 percent of the reservists’ pay.
AIG also is a lead corporate sponsor of, and exclusive insurance provider for, the United Kingdom’s Endeavour Fund, a nonprofit founded in 2012 to support wounded, injured and sick UK servicepeople. The Fund provides resources for athletic events and adventure challenges, such as a 21-day hike up Alaska’s Denali mountain in 2012.
In addition to contributing money, AIG’s people also contribute their time. In 2017, CEO Brian Duperreault, a veteran himself, announced that AIG would work with American Corporate Partners, a nonprofit that connects veterans with professional mentors to help them in their transition to civilian careers. AIG had 67 mentors in place within six months of the program launch, with a waitlist of more than 100.
AIG’s contributions are modest compared to the sacrifices veterans themselves make, but the company is proud to play its part in making our heroes’ lives easier once they return to civilian life.