April 28, 2020
COLUMBIA, Mo. – The nation’s largest VA lender, Veterans United Home Loans, is launching #HereForOurHeroes, a campaign to write messages of support to National Guardsmen, first responders, healthcare workers and other military personnel who are serving on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic response.
“Since 1636, Guardsman have stood at the ready assisting citizens across the United States,” said retired Chief Master Sgt. Denise Jelinski-Hall, 3rd Senior Enlisted Advisor National Guard Bureau. “Today, they stand again on the front lines in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Receiving a letter of gratitude shows Guardsmen how much they’re valued and appreciated.”
In addition to the online message writing campaign, Veterans United pledged $250,000 in financial support to Operation Gratitude for care packages shipments to 50,000 military COVID-19 front line responders. Shipments have already been distributed to 14,450 National Guard personnel deployed in California, New York, Louisiana, Michigan, Tennessee, Delaware and Florida.
“Community support can be a huge morale booster during emergency responses,” said John Quin, director of communications at Veterans United Home Loans who has served on several state emergency missions with the National Guard. “We hope this can enhance the lives of service members and first responders. The sacrifices they are making across the country are key to getting us through this pandemic.”
The national campaign uses the #HereForOurHeroes. Visit veteransunited.com/operation-gratitude/ for additional information.