After giving their all on the front lines in Iraq and Afghanistan, our nation's wounded veterans find themselves facing a new kind of battle – finding a job.
Transitioning from the front lines to a career in the financial industry is no easy feat, but with the help of The Wall Street Warfighters Foundation and Drexel Hamilton, it can be easier.
The Wall Street Warfighters Foundation is a non-profit organization which mentors and trains disabled veterans for careers in the financial services industry. Drexel Hamilton is a Wall Street-based broker-dealer founded on the principal of offering meaningful employment opportunity to disabled veterans seeking a career in financial services and has hired a number of Warfighters graduates. The firm reaches out to other veterans charities, as well.
Both were founded by service-disabled Vietnam veteran Larry Doll three years ago.
Doll was in the Marine Corps from 1968 to 1972 and served in Vietnam. He received two Purple Hearts and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry for his service. His goal was to continue to give back to the military men and women through his non-profit organization.
"A lot of people helped me when I returned home from Vietnam and I want to make sure I can do everything possible to help today's vets from Iraq and Afghanistan," Doll said.
The Wall Street Warfighters Foundation offers a six-month program which includes a combination of class work, field work, exam preparation, testing, mentorship, and internships. It's specially designed to expose veterans to the broader aspects of the financial services industry and to ultimately help them gain access to rewarding careers.
Doll says the Wall Street Warfighters Foundation is seeing success and continues to grow in class size.
"The firm has also been able to hire a number of warfighter graduates in addition to reaching out to many other disabled veterans groups throughout the country," he says. "I am proud to say that Drexel Hamilton serves as an example by clearly recognizing the tremendous value that all veterans can bring to the American work force. They are excellent employees and truly wonderful people."
Drexel Hamilton is also seeing positive growth by not only having the money to pay the disabled veteran employees, but also having the opportunity to watch them grow professionally.
Anyone can help contribute to the cause and get our wounded warriors back to work.
"Warfighters is always looking for good candidates and donors who would like to make a financial commitment to our work,"Doll says. "We also continue to seek organizations that would be interested in hiring our graduates and providing any job placement opportunities."
If you want to help contribute to the cause, visit The Wall Street Warfighters Foundation
To learn more about Drexel Hamilton, click here