A blessing fell into the lives of the Justillian Family life on Aug 9th 2018. They were awarded a Mortgage-Free Home! I am a member of Veterans Association Real Estate Professionals aka VAREP. We are a non-profit organization that advocates for all veterans when it comes to purchasing a home. June 3-5 2018 was our national policy conference in Washington DC, where all chapters from all states attended to discuss veterans policies and voice our opinions to Congress for changes.
Many veterans do not know their full rights when it comes to purchasing a home. One major push was to ha VA loan on all applications. On this particular occasion Bank of America SVP just happen to be there. They announced they are giving away over 1900-2000 homes for disabled veterans. Upon listening to the requirements SVP of BOA announced, I was in shock that Bernie met every requirement! I was working with Bernie Justillian who was homeless on ten occasions and suffered PTSD as a former Marine.
In February and March I was assisting him to buy a new home prior to this conference in Lake Nona. The lender stated he had a few things to clean up on the credit report and he would be ready by Aug 9th at the latest. Bernie constantly stayed in touch with me as he talked to total strangers as arriving in North Carolina where the house was. He told me he won't believe me, until he pick me up at the airport! They flew me and his family up there on Aug 8th and that night at dinner sat down and the whole family, Bank of America and Headquarters VAREP immensely got to know us. What a night!! BOA picked up the tab and the food was good!
The ceremony was Aug 11th, 2018 at 11am. I found myself knocking on doors at 9am letting the community to attend a special ceremony for a veteran. I even saw a cop with a radar gun and told him! He notified headquarters and several local cops stopped by with last minute notice to witness the event. At 10:59 you can hear the 40 motorcycle escort team lead him through the community with the American flag along with the Marine flag while the media on the scene.
I could not wait to get back home! My blood was rushing through my veins and so was Bernie's! I told everyone I came in contact with at the airport while I was waiting and sitting next to in the airplane. My heart was so heavy. On my way, taking off from the airport, I did not think the plane would even take off rolling down the runway! Immediately when i returned, we sent package in and in eight days he was approved! Too good to be true! This has never happened so quick! After even more vetting, come to find out he was the exceptional candidate.
The icing on the cake in corporate eyes is that he was already a veteran advocate and in many Facebook groups with many followers. Bernie and family lived in Lake Nona and the only home available at that time was in Fayetteville NC. Normally they award the home to the person that qualifies in the same state. They asked him would he willing to relocate and he said yes! When headquarters VAREP heard this, it was announced Aug 9 the home will be his. His family received this home the day he was eligible to purchase in Lake Nona. He finally corrected himself while walking through the house with the newscast local media WRAL. His final words were, I won't believe this until my wife tells me to take out the garbage! Visit us on www.varep.net Orlando chapter and website is always work in progress.