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People names Veterans United Home Loans to its 50 Companies That Care list for second straight year

July 27, 2018

COLUMBIA, Mo. Veterans United Home Loans announced today it was named No. 12 on People's 50 Companies That Care list, jointly chosen by People and Great Place to Work. This is the second consecutive year the nationwide mortgage lender has been named to the list. The list spotlights 50 U.S. companies that have succeeded in business while also demonstrating respect, compassion, and concern for their communities, their employees and the environment.

At Veterans United we strongly believe in giving back and enhancing lives, said Dr. Amanda Andrade, chief people officer at Veterans United. "As a company, our measure of achievement is not based on profits, but on the positive impact we have on our borrowers, our co-workers, our families and our communities. Our employees promote a culture that genuinely cares about the well-being of others. That's at the heart of who we are at Veterans United.

The Veterans United Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the company, took it's Week of Giving campaign on the road in 2017, donating $1.35 million to 135 different charitable organizations throughout the country. Employees at Veterans United branch locations around the United States chose different organizations in their communities to receive $10,000 each on behalf of the Veterans United Foundation. Employees from Veterans United Home Loans at Scott Air Force Base surprised the Delta Gamma Center for Children with Visual Impairments, The Mission Continues, Illinois Patriot Guard Riders, The Covering House and the Belleville Area Humane Society with $10,000 donations.

In 2016, Veterans United Home Loans and its Foundation gave $1.5 million to Welcome Home, a Community for Veterans, for the construction of a new emergency homeless shelter for Veterans in Columbia, Missouri. An additional $1 million gift was made to Patriot Place to construct permanent long-term housing for Veterans on the same campus. In addition to the monetary donations, employees from Veterans United have donated their time to help with the demolition of the dilapidated motel that previously sat on the site, assisted with moving in and putting together furniture for the new apartments and helped cultivate a garden on the campus. Employees also volunteer for kitchen duty and serve meals at Welcome Home the first and third Tuesday of each month.

To identify the "50 Companies That Care," People teamed up with Great Place to Work to produce the list using the research firm's extensive database and inside knowledge of outstanding workplaces around the globe. Rankings are based on surveys representing over 4.5 million employees' experiences of how their workplaces have made a difference in their lives and their communities. Rankings also reflect Great Place to Work's assessment of the generosity of each organization's benefits, philanthropic and community support, with focus on activities occurring in the last year.

Veterans United Facts

  • $16.4 billion
    in loans financed in 2019
  • No. 17 on the 100 Best Companies to Work for List
    published by Great Place to Work and Fortune in 2020
  • More than $50 million
    raised for nonprofit charitable arm, Veterans United Foundation since Nov. 2011
  • More than 3,000 employees
    in more than 20 states

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Media Team

John Quin
Director of Communications, Veteran
(800) 814-1103 ext. 4540
john.quin@vu.com

Chris Cline
Senior Media Relations Specialist
(573) 817-4523
communications@vu.com

Meet The Expert

Chris Birk, Director of Education at Veterans United Chris Birk
Author, The Book on VA Loans

Chris is the nation’s leading expert on VA Loan benefits. He authored The Book on VA Loans in 2011, and maintains the VA Loans Insider blog. His analysis and articles have appeared at a host of sites and publications, including the Washington Post, The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, ABC News, USA Today, the Houston Chronicle and more. Members of the media may request a free copy of The Book on VA Loans to learn more about the VA loan program.

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