Low VA Rates Employees Receive Patriot Award From DoD

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The Patriot Award is awarded by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), which is overseen by the Secretary of Defense, and is used to recognize supervisors or managers who are supportive of Citizen Warriors “through a wide-range of measures” (ESGR website).

Low VA Rates receives DOD award

LINDON, Utah – July 6, 2015 – As the country continues to be impacted by the ending conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, concern for veterans adjusting to civilian life and working in the private sector remains strong. With some employers hesitant to hire veterans, and other employers unwilling to make the arrangements necessary to accommodate currently-serving Guards or Reservists. The schedule of a Guard/Reservist can be difficult to work with, and that’s why the ESGR has made a special Patriot Award to recognize those employers who go the extra mile in accommodating the tough schedules of Guards and Reservists in their employ.


Although national sentiment towards the US military is on a high-note, and feelings of patriotism are overall quite strong, there are still concerns with the unemployment rate of veterans – particularly younger veterans. In the midst of this, Guards and Reservists have the ability to nominate their supervisors or managers for the Patriot Award if they feel that they have received an extraordinary amount of support from their supervisor.


Supervisor KC Smalley, and Low VA Rates Founder Eric Kandell, were nominated for the Patriot Award by a Guardsman/Employee who was impressed by how willing they were to work with his two-week annual training, even after he decided to leave the company before his training. KC and Eric encouraged this Guardsman to return to the company after training.


Receiving the Patriot Award is just one example of many of the spirit of service that permeates the culture at Low VA Rates. Low VA Rates is very proud of KC and Eric and hope that all of their employees can work hard to accommodate the needs of veterans, active-duty military, and Guards/Reservists either working for Low VA Rates or seeking for a VA loan.




LowVARates.com is dedicated to serving veteran homeowners. We specialize in providing VA-guaranteed loans to qualified veterans for mortgage purchases and refinances. The VA loan program offers lower interest rates and monthly payments than conventional loans and even offers no-money-down options. LowVARates.com is one of the nation’s leading websites for VA loan information and is dedicated to assisting all the men and women of the United States Military, both active and retired. We have built a reputation of serving those that have served us, and doing everything we can to ensure homeownership for all. Our professional staff and loan officers will assist you with locking in low-interest rates and taking advantage of the unique opportunities available through VA loans.


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