ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla., March 6, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Veterans United Home Loans, and its charitable arm, Veterans United Foundation, announced they formed a three-year, $500,000 partnership with Homes for Our Troops, a national nonprofit. The partnership will help build 100 specially adapted homes for severely injured service members.
Megan Sievers, director of Veterans United Foundation, announced the partnership Saturday, March 2, at the ceremony welcoming Master Sgt. John Hayes and his family into their new home in St. Augustine, Fla. The home was the 125th donated to a service member by Homes for Our Troops since 2004.
"John and heroes like him who have suffered severe injuries need a place to call home that works for them," Sievers said. "At the end of the day when we leave John and his family at home, it is not about how much we raised, but that we did it together."
Hayes was on his fourth deployment when he lost his legs and suffered life-threatening injuries after stepping on a roadside bomb in Sangin, Afghanistan on Dec. 28, 2010. As with all homes constructed by Homes for Our Troops, Hayes received his at no cost.
"Despite the daily challenges that I must face, I know that my home will not be an obstacle in my recovery," Hayes said. "I want to thank supporters like Veterans United and its employees for ensuring my family's livelihood by helping providing us with this gift."
Sievers said Veterans United chose to support Homes for Troops as part of its mission to help veterans and active military find a place to call home.
"We rely on partnerships throughout the country to build these homes," said Dawn Teixeira, executive director for Homes for Our Troops. "This commitment by Veterans United is crucial in the effort to rebuild the lives of our most severely wounded and injured veterans and we appreciate the partnership with them."
About Homes for Our Troops
Homes for Our Troops is a national nonprofit 501(c)3 organization based in Taunton, Mass. founded in 2004. Homes for Our Troops mission is to build specially adapted homes for service members who have been severely injured in combat operations since September 11, 2001. All homes are built at no cost to the veteran through the generous support of individuals, foundations, and corporate contributors. Homes for Our Troops has received a Four Star Rating from Charity Navigator.
About Veterans United Home Loans
Based in Columbia, Mo., Veterans United Home Loans is the nation's No. 1 dedicated VA lender. The national lender financed more than $3.3 billion in loans in 2012. Its mission is to help veterans and active duty military members take advantage of the home loan benefits earned by their service. In 2012, Veterans United was named the No. 29 private job creator by Inc. Magazine and No. 21 best medium place to work by Great Place to Work. The company has 25 offices in 22 states.
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About Veterans United Foundation
Veterans United Foundation, driven exclusively by Veterans United Home Loans and its employees, is committed to enhancing the lives of veterans and military families nationwide by supporting nonprofit organizations that strengthen local communities and honor the sacrifices of those who served. It also provides individual donations to current and former military members in need. Since its founding in Nov. 2011, more than $6.2 million has been pledged and donated to the foundation by Veterans United Home Loans and its employees.
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