Category: Success Stories

Marine veteran gets help during COVID-19

Tiffany Vilchis-Parks served our nation in the Marine Corps for over 9 years, and worked as an air traffic controller for the majority of her military career. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Tiffany was a contractor for the Department of Veteran’s Affairs Transition Assistance Program. She was the Site Lead for Naval Air Station Lemoore and...

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Army veteran gets mortgage assistance to avoid foreclosure

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a housing crisis  is emerging.  According to CoreLogic analysis, new mortgage delinquencies hit an all-time record in April 2020. Unfortunately, the military community has been hit hard by this crisis. When the PenFed Foundation launched its COVID-19 Emergency Financial Relief Program in early March, most of the 6,000 service members and...

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U.S. Army Reserve Soldier Receives Assistance During COVID-19

Arianna Joe joined the U.S. Army Reserves when she was 19 years old. “I loved it 100%,” Arianna said of joining the military. “I became a drill sergeant for four years.” In 2015, Arianna went to active-duty, and two years later her family transferred through a permanent change of station (PCS) to Fort Bragg, N.C.,...

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Army veteran gets help from PenFed Foundation during COVID-19

Lorena Villa has been passionate about healthcare services since high school, when she volunteered at her community hospital. “I became interested in rehabilitation at that point after volunteering in stroke recovery for about 4 years, until I graduated from high school and entered the military,” Lorena said. So, it only seemed natural that she would use...

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The Resilience of a Military Hero

In 2007, Edward Schrank was an active-duty United States Marine when he was diagnosed with cancer. He lost his eye and part of his skull, but remained on active-duty until his retirement in 2012. Today, he is a six-time head and neck cancer survivor. Despite being told he may never speak again, Edward challenged himself...

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Navy veteran dreams of homeownership after retiring from service

“So many people come up to me and thank me for my service, but deeds mean more than words. PenFed Foundation’s supporters show that.” – U.S. Navy veteran Jermaine White “Pride.” That’s the word that Retired Chief Petty Officer, Jermaine White, used to describe the feeling of owning his first home. Growing up in Wisconsin, Jermaine’s...

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The Hero at Home: A Caregiver’s Story

The PenFed Foundation is proud to support military heroes with financial assistance, including caregivers. In February 2019, the Foundation learned about a caretaker whose family has very special needs. Ever since her husband was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, Amy Antioho has sacrificed her career and her personal well-being to be his primary caregiver as...

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