Homes for Heroes Celebrating 12th Anniversary

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The Homes for Heroes program has grown to become the nation’s largest hero savings program giving back over $3 million to Heroes all over the country.

Homes for Heroes is celebrating its 12th year of bringing savings to our nation’s heroes. The program was created to honor those that serve our communities every day and ensure a legacy of remembrance for those that lost their lives that tragic day.

Ruth Johnson, President and CEO of Homes for Heroes, is one of the five founding members who started Homes for Heroes, Inc. in 2002. “We all remember where we were. We all recall how we felt. We decided to do something about it! We created a forever remembrance, a never ending thank you, to all the Heroes that day. We all share admiration for the people who serve our community, often selflessly and wanted to recognize and show our appreciation in a meaningful way," said Johnson. Homes for Heroes aims to help close the gap between the cost of housing for: military service members (active duty and veterans), police officers, firefighters, teachers, first responders, nurses, doctors and others who serve our community and nation.

The Homes for Heroes program has grown to become the nation’s largest hero savings program with over 1,000 affiliates in 47 states. It is comprised of realtors, lenders, and other real estate-related providers who are willing to offer substantial savings and discounts to when buying, selling or even refinancing their home. Nationally, the program has given back well over $3 million to heroes all over the country, a total that continues to grow on a daily basis.

Additionally, local businesses have teamed up with Homes for Heroes and have agreed to provide additional discounts to these local Heroes. These businesses are called Friends of Heroes.

Homes for Heroes has served thousands of heroes across the country including Police Sergeant, Tim Hatchner, “This is not a gimmick. There is no extra paper work or special guidelines or income limits. Homes for Heroes is comprised of full service real estate, mortgage and title company professionals, who have long established reputations. Both the sale and the purchase of my home went off without a hitch. Homes for Heroes saved us nearly $5000.00 at closing. When raising a young family, every penny counts! I would definitely recommend this program to my fellow officers.”

If you would like more information about the national Homes for Heroes program, or to schedule an interview please contact Virginia Beach Homes for Heroes affiliate Kathy Durbin with Shaffer Real Estate at 757 406-0731 or HomesForHeroesAgent(at)gmail(dot)com or visit

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