Through an initial vision, or a Call-to-Action of NYSE Euronext CEO, Duncan Niederauer – the NYSE developed the Veteran’s Associate Program. After Niederauer’s idea was relayed to the Human Resources department, a program was developed from the ground up and implemented for the first time in June 2012. The program offers a paid internship to Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces who are currently seeking or have recently received a degree. It provides key exposure, education and experience in the corporate world to Veterans. The Veterans, effectively demonstrate their value by demonstrating the high-value, highly sought after, intangible traits they have developed during their military careers. These are the same traits that have made Veteran Specific recruitment a multi-million dollar industry for multiple agencies across the nation.
Now that there is some perspective, I wanted to boast a little bit about an amazing experience. I also wanted to include the first ever, YouTube videos on LifebyDamien.com. Below you will find the recordings of U.S. Military Veterans ringing the closing bell of the New York Stock Exchange. You can find me in the July 5th closing, front and center as I push the button to ring the bell and my adjacent colleague strikes the gavel.
I have included all 3 closing bell ceremonies as participants of the 2013 Veteran Associate Program were part of, if not the entirety of each bell ringing. Lastly, I have included a brief video documenting the 2012 Veteran Associate Program’s Inaugural class, and their closing bell ceremony.
Learn more about the Veteran Associate Program, and how to create a Value-driving program in your organization at the NYSE Veteran Programs and Initiatives page.
July 10th, 2013 – Celebrating the Veteran Associate Program 2013
July 5th, 2013 – Celebrating the Veteran Associate Program 2013
June 14th, 2013 – Celebrating the U.S. Army 238th Birthday with Members of the VAP 2013
As promised, Celebrating the Inaugural Veteran Associate Program, July 5th, 2012