To celebrate Veteran’s Day in the U.S. tomorrow, the nation’s top Veterans Administration-affiliated home lender launched a national campaign to highlight vets and their service.
With the help of actor, comedian and retired U.S. Marine Rob Riggle, Veterans United Home Loans has been giving thanks to veterans across the country by surprising them with new houses—completely paid off.
“These Veterans have continued to live the military value of ‘selfless service’ even after they’ve hung up their uniforms,” said Riggle. “Teaming up with Veterans United to recognize these incredible Veterans has been an amazing experience.”
Veterans play a pivotal role in strengthening civic health, from volunteerism and voting to charitable giving and community involvement. As the initiative’s first expression of gratitude, the Missouri-based lending company and its charitable foundation surprised 10 deserving Veterans with a new house each.
And, the big news for veterans nationwide is that they can enter for a chance to win the 11th house by joining the sweepstakes at ThanksToVeterans.com.
“Our #ThanksToVeterans campaign underscores the daily commitment of veterans as local leaders, dedicated volunteers, and exemplary neighbors,” said Pam Swan, vice president of military relations for Veterans United Home Loans and a military spouse. “And what better way to thank these deserving individuals than by giving them houses of their very own in the communities they call home?”
From a single widowed mother of three to a Vietnam veteran (above) in need of a wheelchair-accessible home, the 10 veterans selected are all active in their communities from every military branch—the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps.
Riggle says, “We hope, through shining a light on their stories, we inspire folks across the country to show Veterans just how much they mean to our communities.”
Houses are being given away in California, Georgia, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina and Wisconsin—and maybe keys to the 11th house will be given to a veteran in your neighborhood, if you aren’t one yourself.