Since 2014, ALCOVA Mortgage has recognized Veterans across our service area for their dedication to our country by honoring them with a plaque and a $500 check. Veterans are recognized not only for their service to our country, but also their continuing service to their communities.
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After being discharged from the US Army and returning to civilian life, Jason struggled with PTSD until he found hope and a new direction with the horses at New Freedom Farm where he now serves as a Co-Director.
Veteran Phillip Read, who served from January 2003 to January 2009, felt a calling to join the military after witnessing the 9/11 attacks at 16. Coming from a military family, he enlisted in the Army National Guard at 17, aspiring to be a part of something larger than himself. During deployments in Afghanistan and Iraq, Phillip served as an Infantryman, experiencing loss but honoring the sacrifice of his comrades. Following his military service, Phillip continued to serve as a Police Officer, rising through the ranks to become the Chief of Police in Bridgewater, VA, while remaining active in his community and church, and fostering a loving family life. Read More
Veteran James “Jamey” Helms enlisted in the US Army in October 1989. He was stationed at Fort Bragg, now Fort Liberty, and became an integral part of the esteemed 82nd Airborne. Recognized for his exceptional leadership, he showcased unwavering commitment during deployments to Kuwait and Iraq. Post-military, he continued his service, transitioning to the NC Army National Guard in 1994 and later joining the active-duty National Guard in 2011 before retiring in February 2016. Today, Jamey volunteers with several community organizations including Fallen Outdoors, the HELP Center, Grand 40, and the Union County Homeless Shelter. Read More
Veteran Bryan Sanderson served in the US Army from 2001 to 2010, carrying on a family tradition of service in the armed forces. While on active duty, he served two tours in Iraq and was selected to serve with several US Marine teams working directly with the Iraqi Army to train and prepare them from when US forces departed. After leaving the active-duty miliary, Bryan joined the National Guard and continued to serve until 2013. Today, Bryan is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and several other charities and non-profits. Read More
Veteran Tracy Schmid joined the US Navy in 1984 and filled various roles including Sea and Air Mariner, Battle Group Frequency Manager, and Cryptologic Material Specialist during her 22 years of service. After leaving the military, she remained a fighter, fighting for herself and for others by becoming a caregiver for those that needed her most. In recent years, Tracy has become involved with the Southeastern Virginia Golden Retriever Rescue (SEVA GRREAT) and several other amazing organizations. Read More
Veteran Samuel Cokley served in the United States Air Force from 1976 to 1983. He was a Packing Specialist who spent time stationed in Korea, California, and Georgia. After leaving the military, Mr. Cokley worked in construction before retiring due to his health resulting in 12 operations on his legs. Today, he spends his days with his growing family and remains involved in his community. He’s known for always being quick to jump in and help when needed and doing it with a huge smile on his face. Read More