Flag Day~13 Folds 13 Reasons

Flag Day~13 Folds 13 Reasons

June Fourteenth – Flag Day When a flag is ceremoniously folded, there is a specific pattern and thirteen folds. Have you every pondered the meaning behind each of these folds? The first fold is a symbol of life. The second fold is for our belief in eternal life. The third fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veteran departing rank, who gave a portion of his or her life for the defense of our country to attain peace throughout the world. The fourth fold stands for our weaker nature; as American citizens trusting in God, it’s to Him we turn to in times of peace as well as war for his divine guidance. The fifth fold is a tribute to America. In the words of Stephen Decatur, “Our country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right, but...

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Do I Qualify for a VA Mortgage?

Do I Qualify for a VA Mortgage?

It can sometimes be confusing or even intimidating navigating the  VA mortgage process. Following are some of the basics of a VA mortgage. As always, speaking with a mortgage professional who is knowledgeable about the mortgage product you’re interested in is the best way to make sure all of your questions are answered. What do you need to potentially obtain a VA mortgage? You must have suitable credit, sufficient income, and a valid Certificate of Eligibility (COE) to be eligible for a VA-guaranteed home loan. The home must be for your own personal occupancy. The eligibility requirements to obtain a COE are listed below for Servicemembers and Veterans, spouses, and other eligible beneficiaries. Eligibility Requirements for VA Home Loans Servicemembers and...

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Will Divorce Affect My VA Loan Eligibility?

Will Divorce Affect My VA Loan Eligibility?

Divorce in itself can be a stressful time. We hope to shed some light on how it may or may not affect your VA mortgage loan. If the VA Mortgage is only filed under the veteran’s name A VA mortgage is only available due to the veteran’s eligibility for the loan.  After a VA loan is processed, the guaranty will remain with the mortgage even if the borrowing veteran or member of the armed forces stops living there. The only way the VA loan guaranty will be removed is if the loan is refinanced by the former spouse into a conventional mortgage, which will then make the military borrower again eligible for a new VA mortgage. If the VA Mortgage is held jointly  If the name of each spouse is on the mortgage, and if they both work the couple may qualify for a...

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Free Job Search Tool for Military Veterans

Free Job Search Tool for Military Veterans

Searching for a job can be stressful. It can be even more stressful for someone transitioning from a career in the military. RecruitMilitary is a veteran-owned company dedicated to helping American veterans achieve their dreams: education, veteran jobs and civilian careers, new business and franchise ownership, training, and much more. This service is provided free to veterans.  All of the company’s senior officers and most of their other employees have served in the armed forces of the United States. As the nation’s leading military-to-civilian recruiting firm, they have established working relationships with industry associations, non-profit organizations, and government agencies. They have been helping veterans with the job search process since...

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MSG Guy Woodhouse Honored With 13 Service Medals

MSG Guy Woodhouse Honored With 13 Service Medals

I’ve had the pleasure of personally knowing most of this family for most of my life. They are wonderful, hard working people. I recently came to find out that their father, Guy Woodhouse, is the most decorated war hero in the history of Miami County.  They would never ask for accolades or public praise, but Mr. Woodhouse is so deserving of the recognition he is getting. Following is how this amazing honor came about: Tucked away in her mother’s suitcase in an attic were plenty of pictures of Valerie Johnston’s dad, Master Sergeant Guy Woodhouse. She didn’t find any service medals. “I’d heard from my brothers, talking about he’d gotten the Silver Star and the Bronze Star but I didn’t know about all the other stuff,” said Johnston. In...

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Honoring a Kokomo Centenarian and Veteran, James Ralph Kuntz

Honoring a Kokomo Centenarian and Veteran, James Ralph Kuntz

Centenaria  a person who lives to or beyond the age of 100 years. Born in Smith Valley in Johnson County in 1915, James Ralph Kuntz served as a radioman in the U.S. Navy during World War II aboard the USS Swenning in the Pacific. He then served on a boat out of Virginia after the war. He formed a friendship with next door neighbor in Kokomo, Indiana; Salena Catron. She began a quest to get 100 people to send cards to Mr. Kuntz for his 100th birthday. Thank number has been exceed 70 time over! The cards have come from North Carolina, California, Switzerland and beyond. On his 100th birthday, June 15, Salena rented a classic mail car to make the surprise delivery to Mr. Kuntz, who is a former mailman. Family members took video of his reaction. We want to wish...

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