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Fulton Homes Honors Vets with ‘Fly the Flag’ Campaign

Fulton Homes is showing its appreciation for America’s veterans by encouraging everyone to display the Stars and Stripes this Veteran’s Day, and at the same time benefit the Wounded Warriors Project.

The Tempe-based homebuilder has partnered with 100.7 KSLX for the “Fly the Flag for Veteran’s Day” campaign. From Sept. 30 through Nov. 11, listeners who visit Fulton Homes’ Ironwood Crossing community in Queen Creek and tour a model home can purchase a full-size American flag kit for $10, with all donations going to the Wounded Warriors Project. Fulton Homes will match any $10 donation offered, up to a maximum of $25,000.  The flag offer continues through Veteran’s Day, which is Nov. 11. More Fulton Homes communities where flags can be purchased may be added during the campaign.

“We at Fulton Homes honor all of our military personnel who protect our freedom and defend our homeland,” Doug Fulton, Fulton Homes CEO, said.  “We owe our veterans and their families our greatest appreciation the sacrifices they have made to keep us safer. Displaying the Red, White and Blue on Veteran’s Day is a way we can honor and support our troops and show our gratitude, and the donations collected will support those troops who have been wounded in battle.”

The Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) honors and empowers Wounded Warriors. WWP raises awareness of the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide programs and services to meet their needs.

The “Fly the Flag” campaign is another in a series of programs which include the Fulton Homes Noon Salute, Teacher of the Week and Fence Patrol. For more on the Fly the Flag on Veteran’s Day campaign and other programs, visit www.fultonhomes.com.

 

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Initiative Helps Veteran-Owned Small Businesses

Veterans who own small businesses in Arizona can save up to $3,000 by tapping into a new loan program called VetLoan Advantage.

The program, offered by CDC Small Business Finance, features rebates and fee waivers associated with SBA-504 loans (for commercial real estate purchases) and Community Advantage loans for working capital, equipment purchases and other needs.

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, veterans are at least 45 percent more likely than those with no military experience to be entrepreneurs, and often times face challenges in raising capital or getting a conventional loan.

“Veteran-owned small businesses employ nearly 5.8 million people nationwide, making the need for loan assistance vital to our recovering economy, said Chris Bane, loan officer with CDC Small Business Finance. “These programs are our way of saying thanks to vets for their honorable service.”

The VetLoan Advantage programs in Arizona by CDC include:

SBA-504 – for purchasing commercial/industrial buildings or large equipment.  CDC will issue a cash rebate up to $3,000 for any funded loan to help veteran owners offset loan expenses.  The SBA-504 loan offers a low-down payment (typically 10%) and long-term fixed rates (now under 5%).

Community Advantage – provides up to $250,000 for working capital, equipment, inventory, tenant improvements and business acquisition.  CDC will waive the packaging fee for veterans, a savings of up to $2,500.

For more information visit: http://cdcloans.com/small-business/vetloan-advantage/

CDC Small Business Finance is the nation’s leader in SBA-504 loans as well as a leader in helping start-up and emerging small businesses via a variety of other SBA loan programs.

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B of A launches ‘Express Your Thanks’ Campaign

Bank of America has launched a program to support the needs of military service members and veterans.  Called “Express Your Thanks,” the goal is to donate up to $1 million nationally to Welcome Back Veterans and the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP).

Through the campaign, customers, bank employees and other individuals can make simple online expressions of gratitude, each generating a $1 donation from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation to the organizations.

The campaign runs through Veteran’s Day, November 11. People can participate by taking a photo, creating a video or writing a message of support and sharing it on www.bankofamerica.com/troopthanks or posting on Twitter with the hash tag #troopthanks.  Selected messages will be highlighted in Times Square beginning in July and expressions of thanks will be shared with military nonprofit organizations.

Funds donated by the Bank of America Charitable Foundation will support economic empowerment programs provided by WWP and will help fund Welcome Back Veterans’ national network of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Centers of Excellence created by America’s leading university hospitals.

Ongoing Bank of America employee volunteer activities will continue during the campaign as an opportunity to extend the company’s support of military service members and their families. Last year, employee volunteers donated nearly 23,000 hours of volunteer time and expertise through activities ranging from packing care packages for military serving overseas to providing financial education to returning veterans.

Bank of America in Arizona supports veterans in and out of the company and recently collaborated with Arizona Women’s Education & Employment (AWEE) on a Vets Coaching Vets program through which the bank’s veteran’s affinity group mentors previously homeless or incarcerated veterans working with AWEE to put their lives back together.

The mission of Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. WWP’s purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. WWP is a national, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. To get involved and learn more, visit woundedwarriorproject.org.

Welcome Back Veterans, an initiative of Major League Baseball Charities and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, provides grants to university hospitals throughout the country that provide post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) treatment to veterans and their families in a public/private partnership.  Currently, Welcome Back Veterans is funding programs at Weill Cornell in New York City, The University of Michigan, Rush University Medical Center, Duke University, Emory University, UCLA and the Boston Red Sox’ Home Base Program at Mass General Hospital in Boston. These institutions are developing new programs and strategies to improve the quality, quantity and access to PTSD and TBI treatment for veterans, particularly those returning from duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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B of A launches 'Express Your Thanks' Campaign

Bank of America has launched a program to support the needs of military service members and veterans.  Called “Express Your Thanks,” the goal is to donate up to $1 million nationally to Welcome Back Veterans and the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP).

Through the campaign, customers, bank employees and other individuals can make simple online expressions of gratitude, each generating a $1 donation from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation to the organizations.

The campaign runs through Veteran’s Day, November 11. People can participate by taking a photo, creating a video or writing a message of support and sharing it on www.bankofamerica.com/troopthanks or posting on Twitter with the hash tag #troopthanks.  Selected messages will be highlighted in Times Square beginning in July and expressions of thanks will be shared with military nonprofit organizations.

Funds donated by the Bank of America Charitable Foundation will support economic empowerment programs provided by WWP and will help fund Welcome Back Veterans’ national network of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Centers of Excellence created by America’s leading university hospitals.

Ongoing Bank of America employee volunteer activities will continue during the campaign as an opportunity to extend the company’s support of military service members and their families. Last year, employee volunteers donated nearly 23,000 hours of volunteer time and expertise through activities ranging from packing care packages for military serving overseas to providing financial education to returning veterans.

Bank of America in Arizona supports veterans in and out of the company and recently collaborated with Arizona Women’s Education & Employment (AWEE) on a Vets Coaching Vets program through which the bank’s veteran’s affinity group mentors previously homeless or incarcerated veterans working with AWEE to put their lives back together.

The mission of Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. WWP’s purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. WWP is a national, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. To get involved and learn more, visit woundedwarriorproject.org.

Welcome Back Veterans, an initiative of Major League Baseball Charities and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, provides grants to university hospitals throughout the country that provide post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) treatment to veterans and their families in a public/private partnership.  Currently, Welcome Back Veterans is funding programs at Weill Cornell in New York City, The University of Michigan, Rush University Medical Center, Duke University, Emory University, UCLA and the Boston Red Sox’ Home Base Program at Mass General Hospital in Boston. These institutions are developing new programs and strategies to improve the quality, quantity and access to PTSD and TBI treatment for veterans, particularly those returning from duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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ForMyReason customizes Wristbands for Military

Local company ForMyReason, a provider of customizable silicone wristbands, announced partnerships with Soldiers‚ Angels, Friends of Freedom and Hope for the Warriors.  ForMyReason is selling camouflage and red, white and blue wristbands in the name of these organizations, to assist them with giving back to veterans, current service members and their families.  With each wristband order, 20 percent of the sale is donated to the named organization.

“We have created our customizable wristbands with charitable causes top-of-mind,” said ForMyReason Co-founder, Lisa Youngblood. “It is an honor to work with these organizations that contribute to the health and well-being of our country‚s past and present men and women of the armed forces, and their families.  We are excited to be offering a way for others in the community to show their support, as well.”

When a charitable cause partners with ForMyReason, a dedicated fundraiser web page is added to the ForMyReason website and a direct link to the fundraiser page to place on the cause‚s website is provided, both at no cost to the organization.  ForMyReason has forged partnerships with more than 10 charitable causes, in less than six months of business.

In addition to their online involvement, ForMyReason also participates on-site at charitable events, selling, or in many cases, donating wristbands to the cause at-hand.

Just in time for Memorial Day, ForMyReason attended Friends of Freedom’s 1st Annual Night Stalker 5K Walk for Warriors on May 18 and passed out complimentary wristbands featuring a photo frame that contained the Friends of Freedom logo to participants.  Funds raised from event ticket sales benefitted the No One Left Behind (NOLB) Center, which provides a place for veterans to find encouragement, advice and training, and entertainment and activities to help with the transition from military to civilian life.

Free customized wristbands were also provided to Hope for the Warriors and Soldiers‚ Angels for them to distribute for Memorial Day.

For more information about ForMyReason‚s involvement with charitable causes and to purchase wristbands for Soldiers‚ Angels, Friends of Freedom or Hope for the Warriors, visit formyreason.com/charitable-causes.

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Wells Fargo presents Hands on Banking program to Veterans

In an effort to provide critically needed financial services information to military veterans, Wells Fargo Consumer Loan Underwriter Mark Field will present its online financial literacy program, Hands on Banking to a group of former homeless military veterans at The MANA House, the transitional housing facility for the Madison Street Veterans Association (madisonstreetveterans.org) on Jan. 6.

Hands on Banking is a free program available online and through CD ROMs with easy-to-use Instructor Guides.  The program, available in English and Spanish, teaches people in all stages of life about the basics of responsible money management, including how to create a budget, rebuild credit, save and invest, borrow responsibly, buy a home, establish a small business, and for service members, how to create a financial plan for deployment.  It contains no links to Wells Fargo products or services.

In addition to the Hands on Banking program, Field will also present information about Wells Fargo’s Worldwide Military Banking program, available to military service personnel and veterans.   Worldwide Military Banking offers a full-range of financial products and services specifically designed to meet the needs military service personnel, veterans, and their families.

“Today’s financial world is very complex compared to what it was even 10 years ago,” said Field.  “Consumers used to maintain only checking and savings accounts.  Today they have to understand a wide range of banking, investment and lending products.  Hands on Banking provides individuals with money skills they need for life.  Armed forces personnel and veterans have a special place in our hearts and we welcome any opportunity to assist them with the financial needs.”

Field is a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving for eight years on submarines.  He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona and is a graduate of Thunderbird School of Global Management.  In 1996, Field was appointed by former Arizona Governor Fife Symington to serve as an advisor.  He is a 15-year veteran of the financial services industry currently serving as a consumer loan underwriter for Wells Fargo Home Mortgage.