The country's biggest Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) home lender, Veterans United Home Loans gave away 11 homes to 11 veterans this Veterans Day to thank veterans.
By working with actor, comedian and retired U.S. Marine Rob Riggle, the company expresses its appreciation to veterans across the country by presenting them with new homes.
"These veterans have lived up to the value of 'selfless service' even after they hung up their uniforms," Riggle said. “We hope that by showcasing their stories, we will inspire those across the country to show how much veterans mean to their communities. Partnering with Veterans United has been a truly amazing and humbling experience.”
Veterans United has launched #ThanksToVeterans, a campaign to demonstrate how communities can be better for veterans. Veterans contribute greatly to civic health, whether through volunteerism, charitable giving or community involvement.
In the company's first act of gratitude, it recognized veterans who have made their communities safer and more prosperous.
Pam Swan, vice president of military relations for Veterans United Home Loans and a military spouse, said that on Veterans Day, the company honors veterans not only for their military service but for all they do to help make communities better.
As part of the #ThanksToVeterans campaign, the company acknowledges how hard veterans work every day as local leaders, volunteers and neighbors. Moreover, there cannot be a bigger way of expressing thanks rather than giving them a home in the communities they call home, Swan said.
The 11 veterans, who range from a single widow with three children to one in need of home accessible to wheelchair users, are all active members of their respective communities.
The group includes members of the Army, Navy and Marine Corps, giving away houses across the country, including in California, Georgia, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina and Wisconsin.