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Well from war to Wall Street the unemployment rate in the US veterans recently hit a three year low thanks in part.
-- organizations and companies that help vets find jobs.
My next two guests -- to work for one of those companies joining me now US veteran -- Quinn CFO of Drexel Hamilton.
A Wall Street financial services firm and James K -- president of Drexel Hamilton.
Welcome to you both great to have you here here's -- I wanna start with you wouldn't tell me your service story and how he came to work for this company.
My wish to a more impressive.
I'm just warm -- -- it is impressive I've heard it.
Come one guy you everybody has -- September 11 story mine brought me to my boss's office where I asked him to go forward and serve in combat.
And and again I'm just one of many who've done that.
But I gotta stop being you know so a year and graduate of the US Naval Academy you have an incredibly impressive record.
Let's talk -- Everybody knows you as a longtime veteran Wall Street.
You have you cast a long shadow tell us about this program and why you're so interested in having bets particularly disabled vets -- -- Well as you just said I've had a long history and Wall Street and I've worked with some of the best people in the industry for many years.
And I take it away those attributes that I thought were important.
And we were trying to help these people from a distance.
And about a year and a half ago aren't -- who's -- -- up with general pace first marine comment on them be elected prison Joint Chiefs of Staff.
That's media command and who run it can help.
And I have to tell you we've been blessed.
Because I've got -- homes so many people and more can say and -- I love what you -- -- army and let's go and -- train these people have careers as we had.
And these people that call me -- much younger than I am the dinosaur here.
What they are young people that have been very successful in the industry and what we do is we have a veteran with a veteran Wall Street veteran.
With a veteran and I -- -- ship.
The goal is to have them add value to clients these are very very.
Proud people and they could take money from the -- capable extremely -- matter of fact.
The word on Wall Street is they want the best and the brightest I can tell you now I have.
Thirteen veterans and wounded in battle -- the best.
And I also think they're very bright.
We tell I had this is a very emotional segment right thing because it it means so much.
I just the -- but other people as well -- talk about Wall Street war fighters in this group the desert training tell us more about how this works and how people get to.
It's an amazing program by the nonprofit organization Wall Street where -- facilitates an associate training program -- basically equipping disabled veterans.
With a basic skill set so they can get placed in the industry right.
The organization stipend.
Yeah they do provide a stipend housing it's it's amazing with the program does and it's generating a lot of people who they go in the Wall Street -- they know what to do.
That's right -- it's starting them through that journey of development of not just getting a job of developing a career.
Perhaps it's great in our goal is to have him get the best jobs in -- could not necessarily come when offer.
We've all been working for the biggest -- -- firms in the industry and we want to introduce these people to them so that they get the best opportunity in the industry.
I thought about Jerry inject you know and I'm hoping you'll help me here if you -- -- success story Tellme and it is amazing.
And you -- manifest the story is so many in the people who come through a program.
-- kind of tell the story.
I Jerry's an individual the only enlistment that I've ever known Jerry -- been picked up on the Taliban by name and have a hit put on him all my Gaza Strip wow.
Posters of his humvee and his name throughout the town.
They ultimately did -- -- This young man came back you know through the burn center in San Antonio which is amazing sense.
Ultimately suffering in very very significant injuries and the pictures I I hope that may have been posted one of them is a picture of Jerry receiving his purple heart.
From -- I get chills when I think about it from from President Bush and back in 2005 and he was a patient that night.
At at the mercy of those that would provide for him really needing their care.
Just last week.
Had the opportunity the privilege of watching Jerry interface again with with general -- where -- President Bush rather right.
Now as a professional.
Standing on his -- -- to fantastic professional earning his own living not living on government subsidies.
That's what this program is about that's what our business and there's a picture right there and then he when I am proud I'm proud to call and a colleague of ours -- Drexel Hamilton.
He's has developed a career and a -- and a skill set.
And he's doing a -- -- workforce and let me just shout out a couple of planes here Ben -- Fred saline or others here in the program working for -- -- Speak to Ben downing -- downing is that the American boy about 63.
He served a couple of tourists you just call back.
To Afghanistan areas and there is in harm's way -- asked me -- please don't have anybody in my chair.
So we each hole -- -- would not that we would not have anybody to share we actually have a -- would star on it saying we have somebody -- Afghan.
They -- serving the country.
That's impressive African people go to help.
And they can come to a firm warm -- they can give us is an organization the chance to earn business and that's all we want is the opportunity.
To our own excellence to -- the capacity to to perpetuate this Philanthropic mission.
Challenging and thank you so much for them here and today we go on -- -- it was.
Fascinating program at congratulations to both of you to thank you so great -- thank you -- would -- to say thank you won't of people in our industry.
Kind of help this nation and -- continue to help it.
Our goal is to have fifty of these people in our -- And have -- own a piece of this us.
Good stuff ownership is everything that's right thanks Scott this thing.
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