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Watch these veterans learn they just got a free house

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This post was sponsored by Veterans United.

This year, Veterans United decided to make a life-changing impact for Veterans Day. The nation’s largest VA purchase lender gave 10 deserving veterans a mortgage-free home – and veterans nationwide can enter for a chance to win the 11th and final house.

After recruiting Marine Corps veteran Rob Riggle, the Veterans United team set to work finding veterans who fit the bill for their #ThanksToVeterans campaign—vets who are continuing their commitment to service by making a difference for their local communities, fellow veterans and their loved ones. Veterans are often recognized for the sacrifices they made in uniform, but many of them maintain their legacy of service back at home.

Watch this video to see their reactions when they found out the news: 

“To all the veterans, we say thank you for your service. Thank you for what you gave and what you did,” Riggle said in the announcement video. “To say thank you this Veterans Day, Veterans United Home Loans is giving 11 houses to 11 veterans.”

Veterans United is a VA-approved, home-purchase lender committed to enhancing the lives of military veterans with integrity, passion and even a bit of fun. 

“This Veterans Day, we’re honoring veterans not only for their service while in uniform, but for their lifetime of service and all the ways they make communities better,” Pam Swan, Vice President of Military Relations for Veterans United Home Loans and a military spouse, said. “Our #ThanksToVeterans campaign underscores the commitment veterans demonstrate daily as local leaders, dedicated volunteers and exemplary neighbors. And what better way to thank these deserving individuals than by giving them houses of their very own in the communities they call home?”

The demands on our service members are many — especially for those who serve during times of war. Sacrifice for the higher good is drilled into the hearts of our nation’s warriors, so it isn’t always easy to ask for or accept help after transitioning back to civilian life. You can see the gratitude in the faces of each veteran whose life — and whose family — has been changed forever. From a single, widowed mother of three, to a Vietnam Veteran in need of a wheelchair-accessible home, the 10 Veterans selected are all active members of their communities. 

Samuel and Whitney are surprised by the good news. (Image: Veterans United)

“I own a home,” realized Samuel, the awe clear on his face as it sinks in. At a time when the number of unhoused veterans is increasing, this kind of gift is priceless, which makes this just one more exemplary reason why Veterans United is a leader in the VA Loan industry. From loans to home-buying education to military advisers, Veterans United is here to support the military community — and maybe even save lives. 

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This post was sponsored by Veterans United.

Based in Columbia, Mo., Veterans United is the nation’s largest VA purchase lender, a distinction it’s held since 2016. NMLS 1907, An equal opportunity lender. A VA approved lender, not endorsed or sponsored by any government agency.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. The Veterans United Home Loans Thanks to Veterans Home Giveaway sweepstakes starts 11/10/2021 (12:01a.m., Eastern Time) and ends 12/31/2021 (11:59p.m., Eastern Time). Open to qualifying U.S. military service members and U.S. military veterans who are domiciled in the U.S. and are at least the age of majority in their place of domicile, be it 18 or an older age. One entry per person per allowed method (maximum of 5 entries per person, total). Prize is up to US$500,000.00 for, or toward, the purchase of a home in the U.S. or towards a qualifying mortgage payoff, but may be subject to tax withholding. Prize awarded by random drawing. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. See Official Rules for how to enter, prize details, restrictions and other conditions and requirements. Sponsor: Mortgage Research Center, LLC, d/b/a Veterans United Home Loans, 1400 Veterans United Drive, Columbia, MO 65203.