Home

Lawmakers Line Up Behind Veteran Retraining Efforts

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.  

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

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.  

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

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.  

Roll Call Results Map: Results and District Profiles for Every Seat Get breaking news alerts and more from Roll Call in your inbox or on your iPhone.