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Amanda Pallay

After spending a restless decade spent writing, video editing, dancing to Sisters of Mercy or playing video games for days, Amanda has finally settled comfortably into her role as nerdy mom and copywriter for Quicken Loans. When not writing articles for and about veterans and service members, she can be found hanging out with her son, Jude, and daughter, Ripley. If you wanna chat about the military, Star Trek or the band Clutch - she’s your gal.

National Day of Honor: A Thanks to the Veterans of Operations Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn

President Obama declared a National Day of Honor in remembrance of the countless number of military service members who took part in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn. Nearly 4,500 American lives were lost, while many more continue to handle the effects of what they faced while in service. It’s important to remember all those who have served as well as those who sacrificed for our country. And even though our military has been involved in several operations as well as a lengthy engagement in Afghanistan since that time, it’s still important to take a moment to thank and honor the veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In remembrance of March 19, 2012 and the National Day of Honor, I am sharing President Obama’s official proclamation.

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Non-Candy Valentines for Your Little Ones

I’ve compiled a great list of non-candy valentines that are inexpensive, easy to put together and yet still cool enough to stand out in the sea of Disney princesses and Nickelodeon stars. (Or, I guess, depending on the age of your kids, One Direction and Star Wars?) In fact, most of the ideas I’ve gathered can be assembled with items from the dollar store – super easy and perfect if you’re on a budget, like me.

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Understanding Bonus Entitlement

We’ve addressed the topic of whether you can have more than one VA loan at a time in our Google hangout, but the topic is often difficult for many veterans to understand. Because you’re dealing with entitlement and maximum loan amounts, it can seem incredibly complicated, but once it’s broken down, the process isn’t as bad as it first seems

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Quicken Loans Veterans Wish You Happy New Year!

If there’s one thing I do my best to impress upon our clients, it’s how much we support our nation’s veterans. When we’re not volunteering at the VA Hospital, working in the community to help veterans, or partnering with VSOs, we’re helping veterans who are transitioning to the civilian workforce.

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The 72nd Anniversary of Pearl Harbor - Quicken Loans Zing Blog

The 72nd Anniversary of Pearl Harbor

It’s imperative that we continue to honor those service men and women who lived and died on Pearl Harbor Day, through stories or history lessons. We cannot forget all that they did, and it’s through their stories and their experiences they will continue to live on. As poet and essayist George Santayana said: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

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Short Sale Protection PCS - Quicken Loans Zing Blog

Short Sale Protection for PCS

Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae have relaxed their short sale requirements to offer more protection for service members and their families. Under the terms of the new guidelines, military homeowners who have orders to move do not have to be delinquent on their mortgage in order to qualify for a short sale.

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How to Get Your VA Benefits Award Letter - Quicken Loans Zing Blog

How to Get Your VA Benefits Award Letter

If you’re a disabled veteran, you may be aware of the many benefits that you qualify for through the Department of Veterans Affairs. However, many veterans are unaware of the fact that they may qualify for reduced mortgages and property taxes as a result of their disability. But in order to qualify for these benefits, you need to show your VA Benefits Award Letter.

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Quicken Loans and the Detroit Lions Come Together to Honor Veterans

Together with the Detroit Lions, Quicken Loans invited 150 active-duty and veteran military members, along with 26 veteran Quicken Loans team members, to the game for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Not only did they get to form a “fan tunnel” to greet the Lions as they entered the stadium, but they were able to help showcase an American flag that spanned the entire length of the football field during the National Anthem.

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Paperless 1098 Tax Statements Now Available at Quicken Loans

It’s such a great idea that we’re now offering the opportunity for our clients to sign up for 1098 paperless tax statements through MyQL. Besides all the obvious reasons for going green, they’re a lot more convenient, secure and it’s completely free to sign up.

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Quicken Loans Named a Top Military Employer for 2014! - Quicken Loans Zing Blog

Quicken Loans Named a Top Military Employer for 2014!

Quicken Loans is proud to announce that it we have been named a top military friendly employer for 2014 by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs Magazine. Companies on this elite list were selected based on a survey of more than 5,000 entries.

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