“It’s pretty exciting for a kid from the Bronx to be honored at Yankee Stadium,” said Rob Maar, AIG’s Global Head of Contact Center Best Practices for Consumer Operations. This season, the New York Yankees honored Rob at one of their home games. The Yankees also honored Stephen Anastasia, an AIG Assistant Counsel in the Legal Rotational Program.
Rob and Stephen, who are both former members of the military, received this opportunity through the nonprofit organization Combat Wounded Veterans of America by participating in AIG’s Veterans Leadership Network. AIG’s Veterans Leadership Network fosters connections rooted in veterans’ shared experience of having served in the armed forces and helps create business opportunities for clients, brokers, and veterans. Combat Wounded Veterans of America works to support and honor veterans wounded in combat for the sacrifices they have made for the nation.
Rob, who served in the U.S. Navy from 1986 to 2001, has earned honors for his actions and conduct. Rob received the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and the Combat Action Ribbon in Operation Praying Mantis in the Persian Gulf. He is also the recipient of a Navy Achievement Medal, a U.S. Coast Guard Special Operations Service Ribbon, two Sea Service Deployment Ribbons, and the Good Conduct Medal.
Stephen has also earned honors for his military service. He participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2007 to 2008 and received the Bronze Star Medal and the Army Commendation Medal. Stephen also earned a Meritorious Unit Citation, an Iraq Campaign Medal with Bronze Star, an Overseas Service Ribbon, a National Defense Service Medal, and a Parachutist Badge.
Both veterans experienced the thrill of walking out onto the Yankees’ field, hearing their names over the public address system, and seeing their images on the giant screen.
“You go to games as a kid and see people singled out, and you never imagine that could be you one day,” says Rob, who was joined by his two children and his mother on the field. “It’s a very humbling honor to represent my shipmates, the U.S. Navy, and all those men and women who have served, especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice.”
“It is a feeling I wish every service member and their families could experience,” Stephen commented. “As I stood on that field, I thought of all the men and women who have, and who still continue to fight. I wouldn’t have gotten through my struggles—at West Point, in Iraq, or at law school—without the support of friends, family, or the occasional stranger saying, ‘Thank you for your service.’”