The Bond Buyer
By Christine Albano
January 24, 2012
Service-disabled veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan are moving from
the battlefront to the front lines of the municipal bond market after
enlisting for a new type of boot camp that arms them for yet another
challenging “mission” — returning to the workforce.
A joint mentorship between broker-dealer Drexel Hamilton LLC and the
nonprofit Wall Street Warfighters Foundation gives veterans with dreams
of a career in the financial industry a chance to reinvent themselves
after being injured during active duty.
Veterans suffering with everything from post-traumatic stress
disorder to complications from brain injuries can qualify for a
six-month, four-phase financial and trading education program, which is
fully funded with Drexel’s profits and is conducted at the firm’s three
main offices in New York City, Philadelphia and Chicago.
Upon completion, the veterans have the opportunity to become fully
licensed brokers. Of the 24 trainees that have graduated so far, seven
are currently employed by Drexel.
Eric Eberth, a disabled pilot and veteran of the U.S. Air Force,
Marines and Navy, was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and
traumatic brain injury after deployment to Iraq.
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Jan 24 2012, 02:57 PM
Filed under: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Iraq, Afghanistan, Mentoring, workforce, veterans, U.S. Air Force, Navy, boot camp, Drexel Hamilton LLC, Drexel University, Marines, finance, bonds