Last Wednesday was Veterans Day, a day to honor and celebrate the veterans that have sacrificed and served to give us the safety and freedom we have in the United States today. Over the years, Gary Sinise has put a huge amount of effort into helping veterans, even starting his own foundation to further the cause. This year, Gary Sinise and several other celebrities have teamed up with Veterans United to give a life-changing gift to 11 heroes across the US.
Veterans United is the largest VA purchase lender, helping veterans and their families become homeowners. This year for Veterans Day, Veterans United started the Make it Mean More campaign, turning “thank you for your service” tweets into generous donations.
The Make it Mean More website explains, “This Veterans Day, every time someone tweeted, “Thank you for your service,” we backed up their words with $25 to pay off Veterans homes.”
Yes, you read that correctly. For every person who tweeted “Thank you for your service,” Veterans United donated $25. I know what you’re thinking – Twitter is flooded with tweets thanking our troops every Veterans Day. There’s no way they donated $25 for every single one. Well, you’d be half wrong. Twitter is indeed full of thanks to veterans, but Veterans United fulfilled their end of the deal. 90,943 tweets and $2,273,575 later, 11 veterans had the remainder of their mortgages paid in full.
If the generous gesture isn’t enough to warm your heart, the video reveals will do the trick. 11 veterans received surprise Zoom calls of a lifetime, as celebrities explained that paying off their home loans was no longer something they had to worry about. As you can imagine, the veterans’ responses to the life-changing news was nothing short of extraordinary.
Gary Sinise revealed the good news to Bill, a Navy veteran and single father of four:
Chef Robert Irvine helped surprise Brandie, a retired Navy hospital corpsman and mother of nine:
”We hope this action says what words will never be able to”
“We all see social media on Veterans Day overflowing with ‘thank you for your service’ posts,” David Whitney, a PR lead for an advertising agency who works with Veterans United told The Dad. “And while those words aren’t without meaning, Veterans United set out to make them mean a whole lot more. Thanks to more than 90,000 ‘Thank yous’ tweeted on Veterans Day this year, Veterans United was able to change the lives of 11 incredible veterans.”