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Veterans United Employees give $300,000 for Adaptable Smart Home

October 18, 2016

Veterans United Foundation supports Gary Sinise Foundation to provide adapted home for US Air Force Senior Airman Brian Kolfage

MIRAMAR BEACH, Fla. A special home dedication ceremony was held today to present US Air Force Senior Airman Brian Kolfage and his family with their new specially adapted custom smart home. The home was built by the Gary Sinise Foundation and was made possible by a $300,000 gift from the employees of Veterans United Home Loans through its employee-funded foundation. The Gary Sinise Foundation's R.I.S.E. (Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment) program provides mortgage-free homes customized specifically to the needs of our severely wounded veterans.

Senior Airman Brian Kolfage's sacrifice for our country is a debt we can never repay, said Gary Sinise. His resilience in overcoming adversity is an inspiration to us all. Thanks to partners like Veterans United Foundation, we can continue to show our support for our service members like Brian.

Senior Airman Kolfage's life changed dramatically on Sept. 11, 2004 when his airbase fell under rocket attack while serving in Northern Iraq. Kolfage lost both of his legs and right arm. Following his injuries, he remained in a coma for three weeks. Thanks to his sheer determination, Kolfage walked out of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center 11 months later. Kolfage went on to receive the Purple Heart and the George C. Lang Award for courage. Today, he serves as a motivational speaker and has two children with his wife, Ashley.

At Veterans United Home Loans, we live by our values in that we strive to help every Veteran we can, said Pam Swan, director of military relations at Veterans United Home Loans. Our employees make homeownership a reality for Veterans and service members each day. It goes without saying when the Gary Sinise Foundation approached us with the idea of partnering on this, it was something we knew we wanted to get behind and support immediately. Hopefully, this new home will ease some of the challenges Brian and his family endure and overcome each and every day.

The Veterans United Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization created and driven by the employees of Veterans United Home Loans. Launched in 2011, Veterans United Foundation is built on employee contributions that are matched dollar-for-dollar by Veterans United Home Loans.

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    raised for nonprofit charitable arm, Veterans United Foundation since Nov. 2011
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    in more than 20 states

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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. Chris writes about military home buying and the mortgage industry for a host of sites and publications, from Zillow’s Mortgages Unzipped and About.com to the Huffington Post and Motley Fool. 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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