In honor of Veteran’s Day, Veterans United Home Loans will donate 11 homes to 11 deserving veterans. Veterans United is a Missouri-based loan company and the largest provider of loans for the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The mortgage company teamed up with Marine veteran Rob Riggle to choose 10 deserving veterans who are making a difference in their community. Each winner will win a home.
Other veterans can enter for one chance to win at ThanksToVeterans.com.
The vice president of military relations for Veterans United, Pam Swan, is the wife of a military member. She got involved after getting married in 1987 and “becoming aware of what military families are lacking.” She joined Veterans United in 2011. Swan said, “We as a company work on improving the lives of service members, their families, and their communities, and that is the core of every decision we make.”
The reason Veterans United decided to give away 11 houses to 11 veterans on 11/11 as part of their #Thankstoveterans campaign. It’s a way for the company to say thank you for the enormous sacrifices military members and their families sacrifice for our country.
All of the donations were complete surprises to the winners. All of the winners were in the process of securing a home loan and were recently approved.
One recipient was Jonathon Brown, an Afghanistan army veteran. His job now is the sole law enforcement officer in his small Wisconsin town. He was living in a small 3-bedroom apartment with his wife and seven kids under 17 years old.
When applying for his loan, he was told he would be interviewed for a documentary about veterans giving back to their communities. At the time, he had no idea about the house giveaway. He said, “…During the process of that, they surprised us while we were having breakfast with this bombshell announcement, and it just blew us away. I could not believe it. It was a huge surprise — like, I did not see this coming at all.”
Other winners include a Navy veteran single dad and a Vietnam vet who needed a wheelchair-accessible house. Swan noted, “We look for people that did know what they wanted in a home loan or a home purchase.”
Any veteran is invited to apply for the 11th house at ThanksToVeterans.com.
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