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Veterans United Home Loans Partners with Actor and Marine Corps Veteran Rob Riggle to Educate Veterans About Their Home Loan Benefit

June 28, 2021

COLUMBIA, Mo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Veterans United Home Loans, the nation’s largest VA purchase lender, is teaming up with actor and Marine Corps Veteran Rob Riggle to help educate Veterans and service members about their VA home loan benefit.

The company’s new commercial campaigns featuring Riggle aim to ensure that Veterans understand the power of what they’ve earned. Veterans can buy homes without needing a down payment or sky-high credit scores because of their VA loan benefit. A separate series of spots feature Riggle interacting with real Veteran homebuyers who chose Veterans United.

The campaigns are currently airing on Hulu, connected TV, YouTube, and social media platforms.

“We’re thrilled to work with a talented actor who also knows what it means to serve,” said Kris Farmer, chief marketing officer at Veterans United. “Education is at the heart of what we do. Our hope is that working with Rob to raise awareness of this long-cherished home loan benefit helps a new generation of Veteran homebuyers.”

Riggle served 23 years, including deployments to Albania, Kosovo, Liberia, and Afghanistan. Before retiring as a lieutenant colonel, he was awarded more than 21 medals and ribbons, including the Combat Action Ribbon.

“Veterans United has an unmatched reputation for helping Veterans use their home loan benefit to purchase homes,” Riggle said. “I’m proud to stand with a company that is dedicated to serving those who have sacrificed so much for our country.”

VA loan use has soared since the Great Recession, but millions of Veterans and service members are still missing out. Myths and misconceptions about what it takes to land a home loan are a big reason why.

Earlier this year, Veterans United released its 2021 Veteran Homebuyer Report, which found that:

  • Nearly 90 percent of Veterans believe they need at least a 670 FICO score to qualify for a home loan
  • About 4-in-10 think they have to put down more than 20 percent
  • Only 3 percent of Veterans say it’s possible to buy a home with $0 down

These misconceptions keep many Veterans and service members stuck on the homebuying sidelines. The reality is that their hard-earned VA loan benefit puts homeownership within reach right now.

Veterans United Facts

  • $25.8 billion
    in loans financed in 2020
  • No. 33 on the 100 Best Companies to Work for List
    published by Great Place to Work and Fortune in 2021
  • More than $87 million
    raised for nonprofit charitable arm, Veterans United Foundation since Nov. 2011
  • More than 4,700 employees
    in more than 20 states

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

Arzelia Williams
Media Relations Specialist
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Tierre Rhodes
Media Relations Specialist
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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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