PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY, Md. (7News) — For the first time, there is a new partnership at Joint Base Andrews that is giving back to veterans in need.
An organization called First Home Alliance is helping hundreds of military members purchase their first home.
Larry Laws who founded the nonprofit takes the stage in front of hundreds of U.S. Air Force members at Joint Base Andrews.
For the first time ever – there is a new partnership with at Joint Base Andrews that is giving back to veterans in need. (7News) “There is a big economic gap,” said Laws.
“If you serve and you wait a number of years before becoming a homeowner then there’s a lot of finances that you are behind,” said Laws.
The program helps those like Alejandra Vasquez-Velezon the wife of an active-duty airman.
“Moving to Virginia – the numbers skyrocketed and we said we will never be able to afford a place there,” said Laws. “A lot of our members do not use the benefits they have earned such as home ownership while they are in the military, they wait till they retire and feel like they have to settle down before using that benefit.”
Alejandra and her husband purchased their first home in Springfield, Virginia with help from First Home Alliance, a nonprofit that offers professional advice and assistance at no cost. This is something all Joint Base Andrews members will now have access to.
“I am here to let them know that you can become a first-time home buyer while on active duty while servicing,” said Alejandra.