A Thank You to Our Veterans

With the Holiday Season fast approaching many of us have a lot to be thankful for, particularly as Veteran’s Day arrives. We must all be thankful for the sacrifices that our Armed Forces have made for our country, and for those who sacrificed and gave all. We also have to remember that behind every soldier, airman and sailor that there are family members who also have made sacrifices and deserve our thanks.

My name is Paula J Selby, most call me PJ.  I am a full-time Realtor® with United Brokers Group located here in Chandler, and serving the East Valley.  Most people who know me know my passion is with the Veteran Community. I am honored to be a volunteer with the Arizona Army National Guard as a FRG Leader and an Alumni Blue Star Mother. As a Realtor, I am also a member of VAREP, which is an outreach 501C organization that helps educate veterans on the VA Loans process and nationwide, participates in donating a homes to veterans in need.

Some of my other passions are helping once a month to make homemade meals for transitional veterans; getting furniture donated to the Veterans Furniture Warehouse, which gives items to help resettle Veterans in a place of their own; and to raise funds and food for the Veteran’s Food Pantry with United for Change, a non-profit Veteran Organization. Yes, our Veteran Community needs this help on-going.

I come from a military family, my father was a career military man and a Purple Heart Recipient. He served in the Army during the Korean War and also served in Vietnam.  My father-in-law served a career in the Navy, my brother was a Marine and our two sons served in the Army in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is important to me personally, and as a Realtor®, to show great gratitude for those who have served.  I love to assist Veterans in buying or selling their home with the VA process. Most not only don’t understand their benefits, but don’t realize they can use it more than once, if you had a Short Sale or Foreclosure you still may have remaining benefits to purchase another home and can do so under certain circumstances with a VA loan, if they currently have a VA loan.

I have lived in the East Valley for over 25 years and have seen Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa and Queen Creek/San Tan Valley grow from fertile farm land to thriving communities. Williams Air Field is now Mesa Gateway, and serves the East Valley as it continues to grow. In addition, the Southeast Valley VA Medical Center recently re-established itself in a new location in Gilbert to serve our growing veteran population and our retired veteran population.

As a Realtor®, I’ve had the blessing of being surrounded by amazing individuals who give their time, talents and finances to various organizations, both within and outside the real estate community, who, like me, give back to the community in many ways.

I have been one of the first to obtain a MRP Certification from the National Association of Realtors (Military Relocation Specialist) so I can help our veterans in homeownership. I personally contribute to my heroes closing cost by giving them up to 25-percent of my commissions, and I cannot think of a better way to say thank you to our Veterans.

If you know a veteran, or run into one at a store, a gas station, or in your place of worship, please stop and give them a simple thank you; those two words mean the world to them.