This past weekend, I had the honor of attending the 7th annual Boot’n Shoot’n dinner and skeet shoot. I must say, at a time in our country where most agendas are driven by a politically correct narrative that takes insanity to an entirely new level, it was inherently refreshing to be around people that unconditionally love the United States of America, the freedoms it provides and the selfless service personnel that provide it. As a 3rd generation Marine, I can say without question, my soul is full after participating in this patriotic filled event. I am willing to bet that every veteran, first responder, law enforcement officer, as well as their families that were in attendance, feel precisely the same way.
I cannot begin to thank the people involved in putting together this tremendous event on a yearly basis that benefits organizations that are hyper focused on fighting for the greater good enough. From the businesses that sponsor Boot’n Shoot’n, to the volunteers, to the participants, to the individual donors, I would like to say, very humbly, thank you. Thank you for selflessly being present and intentional in regard to being a part of something greater than yourselves. You all are proof positive that you do not have to wear a uniform to serve this great nation. In other words, because of all of you, this world is a significantly better place.
The Veterans Home Front by Benchmark is a proud sponsor of Boot’n & Shoot’n. If you are would like to learn about your VA loan benefits, check our simple loan process and check your eligibility.
Over the years, my wife and I have used Bret Frerichs as our Mortgage Professional to purchase multiple properties. Bret and his staff have the professionalism and knowledge that you will not find just anywhere. Bret has always had a dedication and drive to give back to the active military and veterans that have sacrificed so much for this great country. I always refer potential clients to Bret F. just as I will only deal with him myself. Thanks again for everything!
I reached out to Selena Ward with Benchmark Mortgage Jan of 2018. That was the third time I have used my VA home loan. I have to say that Selena and her team made this time around the smoothest and easiest. Everyone knows that the VA loan is not the most streamlined Mortgage program even though it is a great program for us that have served our country through the military. Selena has made it her personal mission to learn the VA loan process so that it runs as smooth as possible. I could not be more impressed with her expertise on the system and willingness to walk me and my wife through it. No matter how many times we asked the same question over and over. Being a State Farm Agent, I have gotten to know a good number of realtors, and many of them have expressed their frustration with the VA loan process. Even to the point that they are reluctant to work with people who are going to use the loan for purchasing a house. They just have not worked with lenders who know it well enough and in the middle of getting the home closed it falls through. Selena Ward is the answer to this problem! I was never worried about the process. If I had questions, they were answered almost immediately, and I was always in the loop. Even the Title company made comments on how surprisingly smooth the process was. I want to thank Selena and her team for their dedication to veterans and the VA loan program that most veterans use. I am very proud to know there are people like her who support veterans every day.
Our experience buying a home with Benchmark Mortgage was wonderful. From the first conversation to the day of closing, we were taken care of by the team better than we could have imagined. They made time to answer all of our questions, as well as provide some suggestions for questions that we didn’t know to ask. They made sure that we understood every step of the home buying process. We hope to be in our new home for many, many years, but when the time comes, we will be using Benchmark Mortgage for all of our financial needs.
I am pleased to submit a good write up of our (Me and my Wife) experience with you. It was a very positive one and I even had someone call me at the end of 2016 to inquire about refinancing because the rates were very low. While I didn’t take advantage of the offer (I should have), I was very impressed that I had someone call me from Benchmark trying to save me money from my mortgage with you all. The message delivered there is Benchmark is dedicated to its clients and not just about money. For that, I am grateful. I do not have a mortgage anymore, but if I ever do have another, I will most definitely go with Benchmark. Thank you so much!!!
A Certificate of Eligibility (COE) is the ONLY verifiable proof that a Veteran is eligible for a VA loan that is recognized by the Department of Veteran Affairs.
Benchmark has launched The Veterans Home Front to make it easy for our veterans to get the American dream they deserve.To this end, we are launching a completely free, no-obligation service to provide a COE for veterans so they can know if they are eligible for a VA loan. Benchmark’s COE expert can help you determine your eligibility by acquiring your COE on your behalf from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
All you have to do is go to our Easy COE button to leave your contact information, and our team will reach out to you to get your story and ask for any other details we may need. After our COE expert has contacted you, in many cases, we are able to get your COE in a matter of seconds. Your COE is yours to keep and use, regardless of which lender you choose to work with.
We have helped Veterans across the country get into the home of their dreams, many in ‘impossible’ circumstances where other mortgage companies have turned them away. We would love the honor of serving you.
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Corporal (Ret.) Jacob Schick is retired veteran of the United States Marine Corps, and the founder of 22KILL (22KILL.com).
22KILL works to raise awareness to the veteran suicide epidemic that is plaguing our country, and educate the public on PTS and other mental health issues. 22KILL also partners with other organizations nationwide to be able to provide a variety of programs and resources for veterans and first responders. These programs include traditional and non-traditional forms of therapy for both mental and physical health, with the primary focus being suicide prevention through empowerment.
In 1999, Stewart Hunter co-founded Benchmark Mortgage. Benchmark is one of the nation’s fastest growing mortgage companies, with expert mortgage consultants in over 80 branches nationwide.
Headquartered in Plano, Texas, the Benchmark network of mortgage professionals work with thousands of satisfied clients every month, and are dedicated to finding the right loans to help clients better manage their mortgage needs.
In 2012, Stewart and his wife, Janet, created the Boot’n & Shoot’n (BootShoot.com) annual veteran fundraiser, which has raised millions of dollars to help deserving veterans become homeowners, gain access to brain treatment, and to support families of those who have quietly served.
Jay is passionate about bringing Veterans home. After his service in the United States Marine Corps, Jay entered the mortgage industry. After realizing the power of VA loans had for service members, he made it his personal mission to debunk the myths surrounding VA loans for loan officers, realtors, mortgage professionals, and Veterans across the United States.
Benchmark founded and supports Boot’n & Shoot’n, an event that has raised millions for Veteran’s nonprofits that support brain treatment, mental health awareness, and programs for military families including The Brain Treatment Foundation, Third Option, and 22Kill.
Combat-wounded Staff Sergeant (Ret.) Johnny “Joey” Jones turned a traumatic, life-changing disability into a personal mission to improve the lives of all veterans.
During his eight years of service, he worked as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (bomb) Technician, deploying to both Iraq and Afghanistan on separate tours. On his last tour, he stepped on and initiated an IED, resulting in the loss of both of his legs above the knee and severe damage to his right forearm and both wrists.
Joey’s heart is dedicated to Veteran advocacy and he is involved in Benchmark’s philanthropy, Boot’n and Shoot’n dedicated to raising money for brain treatment and Veteran mental health.