Anyone who has read some of my earlier Veteran’s Day blogs know that I am enormously proud of my father, Richard Neddersen, who was a war hero in WWII. I wished he had talked more about his experiences, but since he was reluctant to discuss the war I became a researcher, reading as much as I could about the history and causes of World War II and trying to place my dad in the action.
This morning I saw an piece in the news about the growing number of suicides among veterans and consulted a site full of scholarly articles about the problem.
It was a sobering assessment. I recalled a bumper sticker that read “There are no unwounded soldiers” and I began to understand my father’s reluctance to recount his experiences to his young sons. His long years in the war must have been horrific, so horrific that he strongly advised my brother and I NOT to follow in his footsteps.
War is a brutal business. I honor my father and all those who fight, and hope the decision to commit to this ultimate violence is never taken without alternatives having exhaustively been undertaken. I also wonder why those that send our boys off to fight are so reluctant to spend money on their health care, food, job training and lodging when they return. At least there are a few things that we real estate agents can do to aid veterans and those are:
- Provide them with names of lenders who work with VA loans
- Help them find homes suitable for that type of funding.
If you’re a veteran, or just curious, I found a link that discusses VA eligibility and another that talks about loan limits in various areas in the United States. In the Bay area, for example, the loan limit is $625,000.00.
I’m glad to know our industry is working to help veterans and their families put a roof over their heads. Here’s hoping that more help will come from other agencies to assist a veteran’s transition from military to civilian life.
If you’re a veteran looking for a home, or if you’re a civilian buyer or seller, I’m happy to help you with your real estate needs.
I’m easy to contact. As so many of us do, I carry my office with me wherever I go, so phone 510-527-0174. and you’ll probably reach me. I’m never too busy to take care of you– or your referrals–and I’ll make sure you’re glad you called.
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