By Warren Rojas

Pols from different sides of the aisle are lockstep when it comes to the Wall Street Warfighters Foundation, a philanthropic organization dedicated to helping disabled veterans break into the financial services field.

During its six-year run, the program — which revolves around a six-month residency focused on advanced education, fieldwork and mentoring — has helped nearly 80 retired military personnel pursue alternative careers.

“This makes all the sense in the world. The skill sets that our military have … lead to success in the financial services world,” Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., said as he rallied attendees at a Capitol Hill reception he co-chaired with Pennsylvania Democratic Sen. Bob Casey, and Republican colleagues Rep. Steve Stivers of Ohio and Pennsylvania Sen. Patrick J. Toomey. “[And] we’re still not doing enough.”

Reps. Bill Huizenga, R-Mich., and Scott Peters, D-Calif., circulated amongst the WSWF alumni and Franklin Square Capital Partners execs (their company co-sponsors the WSWF project) on hand to network.

Lawmakers Line Up Behind Veteran Retraining Efforts

Rep. Scott Peters listens in during a reception on Capitol Hill for the Wall Street Warfighters Foundation. (Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

“When people ask, ‘What can we do to help?’ The first thing we say is, ‘Hire one of our veterans,’” a WSWF director told a crowd seeded with aides from the offices of Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and Christopher S. Murphy, D-Conn.; and Reps. William Keating, D-Mass., and Scott Garrett, R-N.J.

Lawmakers Line Up Behind Veteran Retraining Efforts

Rep. Bill Huizenga chats with a Wall Street Warfighters Foundation alumnus during a reception on Capitol Hill. (Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

Of course, merely talking about rebooting an entire life and actually doing it are totally different.

“I’m more nervous now than I was about going into Iraq,” Brendan Rodden, the one-time Marine Corps company commander, told HOH about the prospect of parachuting into a whole new arena. Rodden is poised to graduate from the WSFW program come January.


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