However you celebrate the day, there is one common thing we all experience on Memorial Day - the poppy. You probably have seen folks standing outside of the grocery store on Memorial Day handing out paper poppies. Or maybe you've seen a large group of veterans wearing them in the parade, or just around town. But do you know why they wear those poppies? Do you know what the poppy symbolises on this holiday?
There is a right - and wrong - way to display the United States flag. In fact, there is an entire code that determines the rules for displaying and caring for the flag. I've compiled a list of the most interesting (and probably abused) rules of the Flag Code for you. So when you celebrate this Memorial Day holiday you can wow your friends with some triva while doing the right thing by honoring Old Glory
This year, for Memorial Day, I was struggling to find the words that would do this day - and my feelings - justice. Then I remembered that my talented team mate, Victoria Araj, wrote an incredible article about the meaning of Memorial Day. I am reposting her article here for you in honor of the Memorial Day holiday, and I hope that you can take some time to reflect on those service men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
May 18 marks the third Saturday of the month of May. While this may seem just like an ordinary day to you or me, it’s actually Armed Forces Day – a day designated to celebrate the men and women of the Armed Forces.
Every week it seems like the VA Unit banking team in Cleveland is up to something. They're so involved in the veteran community that I have to be on my game 24/7 just to be able to keep up. It's a good thing for them I welcome the challenge. The team's most recent endeavor was in support of our partnership with Operation Homefront for their Back to School Brigade.
Last year, some of the elite forces of our VA loan unit showed the Tough Mudder who's boss, and this year was no different. Tough Mudder 2013 was conquered in support of, and in honor of, our partners at Paralyzed Veterans of America. The course was also conquered with the overall goals of Tough Mudder in mind which support and encourage participants to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project - a cause that's also close to our hearts at Quicken Loans.
In 1986, then Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger declared every April as the Month of the Military Child as a way to honor and celebrate the resilience of those children who have a parent or parents in the military.
By now you probably know that at Quicken Loans, we provide expert advice and amazing client services. And you should know how we also support veterans organizations like Paralyzed Veterans of America because we really care about the men and women who serve in our country's armed forces. We have partnered with Paralyzed Veterans of America in support of their Mission: ABLE project. Recently, their national president, Bill Lawson, stopped by our Cleveland office to take a tour and learn about what we do on a day-to-day basis.
Residual income is sometimes confused for debt-to-income ratio, which is your monthly income vs. your monthly debt. Residual income is the amount of money that is left over each month after all of your major expenses are paid – including housing, taxes, and debt payments.
One of the requirements of receiving a VA loan is that you must have an appraisal performed on the property. What does this mean for you? If you are a first-time homebuyer, or if this is your first VA loan, the idea of getting an appraisal can be daunting. But, if you remind yourself that the appraisal process is there to protect you, the buyer, from paying more than fair-market value for your home, then it actually becomes quite painless.