Showing our military appreciation all year long is a great way to say thank you Veterans, Active Duty and Reserve for your service and sacrifice. Each of the six branches of the U.S. Military plays an important role in our country’s history and there are many ways you can show your appreciation for military service members and their contributions. Here we offer our gratitude, provide you with a comprehensive list of military holidays and observances, and 14 ways to show your military appreciation and offer your support any time of year. Plus, we offer a glimpse into all that Homes for Heroes is doing to support our nation’s military community by saving them money on their home and mortgage transactions, and awarding grants to assist homeless veterans in need.
Veterans Community Project is a five-city non-profit that is “determined to make a difference in the lives of homeless Veterans.” The Homes for Heroes Foundation presented a $10,000 grant to the organization to its Sioux Falls branch to help it fulfill its mission. This Homes for Heroes Foundation grant is part of the Homes for Heroes’ Circle of Giving, providing assistance for heroes in dire need across the country.
Where there’s a will there’s a way! Despite most people struggling to find a home in today’s hot housing market for the ninth fiscal year in a row, mortgages to our Veteran’s increased year-over-year, up 11.4% compared to fiscal year 2019, according to data from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Overall, the Department of Veterans Affairs loan insurance program backed an all-time record high 1.2 million loans. Read More “What housing shortage? Veteran mortgages hit an all-time record high”
This year has been hard on everyone. But when things get tough, the bravery and indomitable spirit of our heroes shine through even brighter. As we end the year, we look back at the accomplishments of our heroes in 2020.
The Homes for Heroes Foundation awarded a $5,000 grant to the Special Forces Foundation to help support the family of fallen Master Sgt. Luis F. DeLeon-Figueroa who was killed in action on August 21, 2019 while serving during Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. Luis is survived by his fiancée and their daughter, and the Homes for Heroes Foundation grant will go toward helping them make mortgage payments and cover other expenses.
Thanks to Homes for Heroes real estate specialist, Greg Stroud, in Tennessee who nominated AMVETS Tennessee Post 1776 to receive a $5,000 hero grant from the Homes for Heroes Foundation. The grant allowed AMVETS to provide financial assistance for Tennessee veterans and their families in dire need.
Thanks to Homes for Heroes mortgage specialist, Jillian Burry, who nominated Support The Enlisted Project (STEP) to receive a $5,000 hero grant from the Homes for Heroes Foundation. The grant allowed STEP to help several military families in the San Diego, Southern California area receive the assistance they needed to stay in their home and make progress toward financial self-sufficiency.
The Homes for Heroes Foundation donated $5,000 to the Veterans Airlift Command (VAC) to help finance 18 flights for service members like Sergeant Major, Ben (active duty Army Special Forces). In SGM Ben’s case, the flight allowed him to take a break from his inpatient rehabilitation in Virginia to visit his family in Florida for a few days.
In May 2019, to honor Military Appreciation Month the Homes for Heroes Foundation presented five grants totaling $50,000 to five non-profit organizations who support homeless Veterans. The five organizations are all members of the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV) and will use the grant to directly help Veterans by finding them emergency, temporary and permanent affordable housing. Each $10,000 donation will help serve those who have bravely served our country.
Veterans Day is about honoring the sacrifice of all men and women who proudly served in our armed forces. It’s a day for remembering that freedom isn’t free, and there are men and women who worked and fought to protect those freedoms and our beloved country. It’s a day to honor a tradition of service that ensures all Americans enjoy the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.