When Army Capt. Matt Carpenter, an Iraq War Veteran, succumbed to cancer in December 2010, he left his wife, Beth, and son, Joey behind. Shortly after his death, Beth received advice from a friend and fellow Army widow, “Our children have already lost their fathers,” the friend said. “We can’t let them lose their mothers to grief.”
Beth took that advice to heart. She decided to move with Joey, now three, from Connecticut to Northern Virginia to be close to her parents and purchase a home using her VA home loan benefit as a surviving spouse. When Elizabeth and Joey were choosing a place to call home for the next chapter of their lives, they didn’t know that they would be the 20 millionth family to receive a home loan guaranteed by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
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