VA lender donates $300,000 for veteran’s ‘smart home’

by Ryan Smith01 Nov 2016
An Air Force veteran and his family were recently presented with a specially adapted smart home, made possible by a $300,000 gift from employees of VA lender Veterans United Home Loans.

The home was built for Senior Airman Brian Kolfage and his family by the Gary Sinise Foundation, through a program that provides mortgage-free homes that are customized to the needs of severely wounded veterans. Kolface lost both legs and his right arm in Iraq in 2004, when his airbase fell under a rocket attack. He received the Purple Heart and the George C. Lang Award for courage, and today serves as a motivational speaker.

“Senior Airman Brian Kolfage’s sacrifice for our country is a debt we can never repay,” said actor Gary Sinise. “His resilience in overcoming adversity is an inspiration to us all. Thanks to partners like Veterans United Foundation, we can continue to show our support for our service members like Brian.”

The Veterans United Foundation is a nonprofit organization built on employee contributions, matched dollar-for-dollar by Veterans United Home Loans.

“At Veterans United Home Loans, we live by our values in that we strive to help every veteran we can,” said Pam Swan, Veterans United director of military relations. “Our employees make homeownership a reality for veterans and service members every day. It goes without saying when the Gary Sinise Foundation approached us with the idea of partnering on this, it was something we knew we wanted to get behind and support immediately. Hopefully this new home will ease some of the challenges Brian and his family endure and overcome each and every day.”