Illinois REALTORS® thanked for their ongoing commitment to veterans

Sharon Gorrell, IAR Housing Policy Advisor has a conversation with Capt. W. Scott Gould, Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs at a symposium in Washington, D.C., last Friday hosted by the National Housing Conference.

Illinois Association of REALTORS® Housing Policy Advisor Sharon Gorrell recently attended a housing symposium in Washington, D.C. The conference topics centered on the entire housing ladder, from homelessness to homeownership and implications related to foreclosure specific to military veterans.

Gorrell  had the opportunity to share with Capt. W. Scott Gould, Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs, the commitment that Illinois REALTORS® have made to veterans housing through various programming such as Heroes Welcome Home, Helping our Heroes, and Naperville Responds for our Veterans, all organizations started with and through REALTORS® in Illinois.

An issue they also discussed was the rise and impact of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder on the lives of veterans and their families. Issues like PTSD and increased physical disabilities that returning veterans are tackling will likely be part of the dialogue going forward as REALTORS® continue to work on behalf of our nation’s heroes, both through transactions and their volunteer non-profit work. The Deputy Secretary was thankful to REALTORS® for what we are doing to help house veterans here in Illinois.

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About Stephanie Sievers

Stephanie Sievers is Senior Editor for the Illinois Association of REALTORS®. She serves as Senior Editor for IAR publications including the Illinois REALTOR® magazine and all other IAR publications. She is responsible for developing content for the Illinois REALTOR® Weekly Connection e-newsletter, coordinates the IAR Twitter account content at ILREALTOR and plans and develops content for videos. She assists in developing and writing content for the IAR blog. She also is involved in researching and drafting news releases and coordinates the news media distribution database and newsclips reports for the Association. She also assists in IAR spokesperson training seminars and is involved in development of association briefing materials on issues. She assists with the housing statistics program and reports.

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