Category: Success Stories

Army Veteran Shares Entrepreneurship Journey in her Own Words

Doctor Trillitye “Trill” Paullin is among the first ten participants in the Veteran Entrepreneur Investment Program’s inaugural Master’s Program that launched in Fall 2020. Dr. Paullin is currently serving her 14th year in the Army National Guard. While serving, she received her Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology and founded Free to Feed, an organization...

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Helping heroes during the holidays

2020 has been a challenging year for all of us, including Military Heroes. Veteran unemployment reached a 20-year high, and many faced difficult financial situations after losing their jobs. Unemployment affected CDR (Ret.) Joseph Hutchinson, a 21-year Navy combat veteran turned commercial airline pilot. When travel halted in early March, the airline was one of the...

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Supporting heroes through the holidays

CSM (R) David Clark, PenFed Foundation’s Director of Outreach, recently visited USVETS to donate winter clothes and laptops to homeless veterans and their families. One of the veterans who received laptops was CPL Matthew Bradford USMC (RET) in Lexington, Ky. On January 18, 2007, Matthew was walking point for his squad like he did on...

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PenFed Foundation’s 2020 Year in Review

This year has been challenging for many, including our Military Heroes. While the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects are far from over, together we made a difference in the lives of thousands of military families this year. Take a look at our impact: Help us continue to have an impact on Military Heroes in 2021...

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Military Families Month: The Paredes Family

This month is Military Families month, and we are highlighting the sacrifice of service members and their families all month long. We honor service members like Air Force Reservist Enrique Paredes, who was called to serve at the onset of COVID-19. “I had been on orders, away from my family while they were stuck in...

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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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