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Our Mission

At Veterans United Foundation, we're on a mission to enhance lives. We give back to Veterans and military families who have sacrificed so much for us. We plant seeds of hope and opportunity in the communities we call home. We partner with local and national nonprofit organizations who are on the ground making a difference.

The passion and generosity of the employees at Veterans United Home Loans fuel this commitment. More than 90% of Veterans United employees donate at least 1% of their salary to fund Veterans United Foundation.

Our Story

Veterans United Home Loans employees created Veterans United Foundation in 2011. The goal was to intensify and expand the impact of our giving initiatives by creating our own charitable arm, knowing we achieve more collectively than we ever could individually.

The Foundation is funded from employee contributions that are matched dollar-for-dollar by the company. More than $1 million was raised in the first year alone. By 2015, that number exceeded $50 million. In 2021, we fully expect to surpass $100 million. Employees also take an active role in referring possible needs to the foundation and showing the community support through volunteer work.

Our Leadership

Veterans United Foundation Staff

Builds relationships within our company, in our communities and with our many partners, while also facilitating all donation requests.

  • Erika Pryor, Foundation Manager
  • Michelle Benke, Foundation Team Lead
  • Piper Brintnall, Outreach Foundation Coordinator
  • Lois Kay, Engagement Foundation Coordinator
  • Mariah Journey, Branch Foundation Coordinator
  • Brock Wright, Branch Foundation Coordinator
  • Brooke Frisby, Senior Scholarship Coordinator
  • Montiera Ferrell-Nelson, Employee Foundation Coordinator
  • Kerri Lotven, Marketing Copywriter

Veterans United Foundation Committee

Consists of Veterans United employees who are elected by their peers to serve a two-year term and review all donation requests.

  • Columbia, MO
  • Alberto Barba
  • Laura Bentley
  • Johanna Cox
  • Gabe Heathman
  • Jake Jones
  • Jared Reichel
  • Jacqueline Skirvin
  • Lenexa, KS
  • Lindsay Adams
  • Jessie Bledsoe
  • Ed Cohee
  • Brett Henderson
  • Irving, TX
  • Shirley Darkis
  • Melissa Patterson
  • Shey Patterson
  • Felicia Wagoner
  • St. Louis, MO
  • Josh Beck
  • Austin Bickmeyer
  • Geri Carlyon
  • Missy Olson
  • Brittney Yount
  • Springfield, MO
  • Stephanie Johnson
  • Stan Shollenbarger
  • Jacob Showalter
  • Liz Trader

Veterans United Foundation Board of Directors

Oversees Veterans United Foundation, providing guidance and focus for the big-picture mission.

Strong Partnerships That Make A Difference

See all of our amazing partners →