‘No one can do everything, but we all can do one thing.’
Those are the wise words of Louise Thaxton, Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation Branch Manager and co-founder of Fairway’s nonprofit The American Warrior Initiative. Together, Louise and her co-founder Sean Parnell, retired Army Infantry Captain and New York Times Best Selling Author, travel the country, teaching real estate agents and other business professionals the challenges men and women who have served in the military face when returning from war.
The New England branches of Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation had the honor of hosting three AWI events last week, recognizing four local veterans for their service through grants for service dogs and their families.
The veteran honorees at our AWI Real Estate Professional Bootcamp in Plymouth, MA last Wednesday included a 35-year veteran of the Army National Guard, who received funding for the remaining training for her service dog, General. We also had the privilege to honor a second recipient, a 17-year Army veteran with six children who was given a grant for his family.
At our second AWI Real Estate Professional Bootcamp in Worcester, MA last Thursday, we were able to give a grant to NEADS, a non-profit service dog organization located in Princeton, MA. Through NEADS’ Trauma Assistance Program, our U.S. Army veteran honoree was given a service dog which has helped him heal and adapt to a normal life back home. “Service dogs not only save lives – they save families,” he told us.
Fairway and AWI also had the privilege to host a fundraising Gala, An Evening Honoring our Nation’s Veterans last Thursday night in Newton, MA, where we were able to sponsor a service dog for a local veteran through Operation Delta Dog located in Chelmsford, MA. Operation Delta Dog is a non-profit organization that rescues shelter dogs, trains them and pairs them with veterans who need service dogs.
Through the generous donations from Fairway employees, real estate agents and local sponsorships, Fairway and AWI were able to donate more than $35,000 for veteran’s causes this past week. Thank you so much to everyone who attended an event or made a donation. We could not have done this without you!
What is your one thing? There are many ways you can get involved and give back this Veteran’s Day.
Drive a Vet to a Doctor’s Appointment
Contact the hospital service coordinator at your local VA to find out how you can help.
Volunteer with NEADS
NEADS is always looking for kennel help and weekend puppy sitters to help raise the dogs.
Write a Letter
Thank a veteran for their service by writing a letter through Operation Gratitude.
Volunteer at your local VA
Whatever your skills may be, our VA Hospital’s are always looking for volunteers.
Change one light in your home to a green bulb through Greenlight a Vet to show your support.
If you are interested in learning more about the American Warrior Initiative and how you can get involved, send us an email.
To our veteran’s – we thank you for your bravery, service and sacrifice to our great nation. Happy Veteran’s Day.