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Veterans United receives Defense Department award for its support of employees in Guard and Reserves

July 31, 2012

1st Lt. Ryan Bell presents Veterans United Home Loans CEO Nate Long with the Patriot Award. The award recognizesVeterans United's commitment to support employee participation in the National Guard and Army Reserves

COLUMBIA, Mo. Veterans United Home Loans received the Patriot Award from Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), an organization housed in the Department of Defense. The Patriot Award was presented to Veterans United's CEO, Nate Long, by 1st Lt. Ryan Bell of the Missouri Army National Guard, a loan officer assistant with Veterans United. Bell has worked for the company for five years.

Veterans United has employees in 21 states, and is the nation's No. 1 dedicated VA lender.

"In the past five years I've taken part in annual trainings, three-day drills, graduated from Officer Candidate School and was deployed in the summer of 2011 - all with the complete support of Veterans United," Bell said. "I requested and presented this award to the company because it serves veterans and their families throughout the country, and it does everything it can to support the military men and women that it employs."

ESGR was established inside the Department of Defense in 1972 as a cooperation effort between Reserve members and their civilian employers. The Patriot Award recognizes Veterans United's commitment to support employee participation in the National Guard and Army Reserves.

"Our mission is to enhance lives of military veterans and their families every day, and that includes Veterans United employees who have and continue to serve our country," Long said. "It is a real honor that Ryan requested this award for us, frankly it is an honor to have him work here."

In February, Veterans United received the Missouri Flag of Freedom award for its efforts to hire veterans. The award was presented by Gov. Jay Nixon as part of the state's Show-Me Heroes Initiative.

1st Lt. Ryan Bell presents Veterans United Home Loans CEO Nate Long with the Patriot Award. The award recognizes Veterans United's commitment to support employee participation in the National Guard and Army Reserves

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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