Growing up in a military family has given me deep respect for those who enlist and serve. My Dad and one brother were in the Air Force, two other brothers in the Marines, and my fourth brother in the Army. I’ll never forget the first time one of my brothers was deployed, the feeling of anxiety, the rock in my stomach and so many prayers that they would return safely.
One of those brothers went on to become a police officer. One day we received a call that he had been shot, and my world stopped while I tried hard not to let the tears fall, wanting to ask the questions no one could answer. Looking back, I’m incredibly grateful that he was able to recover from his injuries.
Several years ago, when I was in Human Resources, a group I was with witnessed a bad car accident and called 911. When the paramedics arrived, I saw one of my employees hop out of the truck. He was far too busy to notice I was there as he worked diligently to save the person’s life. When he arrived early the next morning at our workplace, I realized that his wages for saving lives wasn’t enough to live on and required him to work a second job.
Over the years I’ve become friends with many nurses and teachers. I admit to being surprised at how hard and long they work, using their own money to purchase class supplies for children whose parents couldn’t afford them. All this while their own pay and benefits decreased and their workload increased.
This is a very small sampling of experiences, but they’ve burned into me a deep gratitude for those who give so much for so little in return.
As a REALTOR® I’ve found a way that I can say ‘thank you’ and give back to those who serve their country or community: First Responders; active, retired and veteran Military personnel; Teachers; Nurses; Police and Firefighters. To show my appreciation, I gratefully give a 25% rebate from my commission to you at close of escrow. This amount will often pay for closing costs, home warranties and more. Typically, a $275,000 home will result in a rebate of over $2,000.
While there is no way that any thank you can be deep enough, I give back in the only way I know how. All active, retired and Veteran military receive 25% of my commission at close of escrow as a thank you for your service. I am deeply grateful for your sacrifice. Other Veterans Day offers and discounts can be found here
Historical trivia: World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” – officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles. World War I officially ended at at 11:00 am on November 11, 1918. 11/11 at 11:00. This is why President Wilson wanted a 2 minute observance at 11 am and Veterans Day is on November 11th.
9.2 million veterans are over the age of 65.
1.9 million veterans are under the age of 35.
1.8 million veterans are women.
7.8 million veterans served during the Vietnam War era (1964-1975), which represents 33% of all living veterans.
5.2 million veterans served during the Gulf War (representing service from Aug. 2, 1990, to present).
2.6 million veterans served during World War II (1941-1945).
2.8 million veterans served during the Korean War (1950-1953).
6 million veterans served in peacetime.
As of 2008, 2.9 million veterans received compensation for service-connected disabilities.
5 states have more than 1 million veterans in among their population: California (2.1 million), Florida (1.7 million), Texas (1.7 million), New York (1 million) and Pennsylvania (1 million).
The VA health care system had 54 hospitals in 1930, since then it has expanded to include 171 medical centers; more than 350 outpatient, community, and outreach clinics; 126 nursing home care units; and 35 live-in care facilities for injured or disabled vets.