Veterans are an important part of New York Life’s workforce and our NYL-VETS employee resource group provides mentorship, professional development, and networking opportunities for employees who are veterans and those who support our armed forces. They also assist New York Life in becoming a magnet for talented individuals with prior military service.

This Veterans Day, New York Life is proud to celebrate our service members, veterans, and military families for their service and sacrifice through a series of events.

To celebrate Veterans Day as well as National Veterans and Military Families Month, NYL-Vets has a lineup of events planned for our employees, including a virtual ceremony on Veterans Day at our Home Office and a panel discussion with company employees who are military vets, led by our a NYL-Vets co-chair. In addition to this year’s events, year-round we continue to dedicate efforts to recruit veterans into the New York Life work force and foster the careers of all those employees who have served our country.

New York Life hires heroes

For many years, New York Life has emphasized the importance of helping veterans’ transition from serving our country to finding careers in the financial industry. We work with several external diversity partners to attract veterans to the company, including Hiring Our Heroes, where we offer fellowships to active military that are in the process of transitioning to civilian life.

“Military experience prepares people for jobs at New York Life because it gives them the skills to work collaboratively in a team environment."—Cindy Marchesani, NYL-Vets Co-chair 

How does the experience as a military vet prepare folks for a job at New York Life? Cindy Marchesani, NYL-Vets Co-chair explains “Military experience prepares people for jobs at New York Life because it gives them the skills to work collaboratively in a team environment. It also teaches them how to be decisive, dependable, organized and adapt quickly to change. People who are leaders in the military will find that their skills are transferrable in the civilian sector. Whether its leading troops, or leading team members—the needs of both groups are very similar. Military leaders learn how to lead by example and achieve results, which translates nicely into the roles at New York Life.”

Much outreach is done by NYL-Vets members, who represent New York Life at veterans-specific job fairs and have even developed a New Hire Onboarding Kit for Veterans, a resource for managers who interview recent vets. The kit provides specific subjects for managers to discuss during interviews with veterans, as well as advice on how to translate military experience into practical business experience.    

You can view a series of interviews from NYL-Vets below. The videos feature six veteran employees from across the company talking about their experience in the military and how it has helped them in their career.

Robert Donohue and Jennifer Schreiber discuss their military backgrounds and their journey to New York Life and the NYL Vets ERG.


Lakeisha Dillard and Kirk Miranda discuss their military backgrounds and their journey to New York Life and the NYL Vets ERG.


Eugene Lutz and Melissa White discuss their military backgrounds and their journey to New York Life and the NYL Vets ERG.

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Media contact
Kevin Maher
New York Life Insurance Company
(212) 576-6955
Kevin_B_Maher@newyorklife.com

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