Edmonds Military Wire: Local agents and brokers collaborate to help military families

By Michael Schindler

While Senator Patty Murray works the legislative angle on helping veterans with their housing needs, local agents are also stepping to the plate.

Puget Sound veterans and their families have an opportunity to reach for a helping hand with their
housing needs, thanks to a new program for all real estate-related services, according to Edmonds-based Operation Military Family.

We’re delighted to be working with a selected group of 57 real estate brokers from Arlington to
Bremerton and over 15 brokers who have committed to help our military in their return to civilian life. The plan is to offer this service throughout Washington and then to take it nationwide in the near future.

As part of their commitment, real estate brokers in the program will donate back to Operation Military Family 10 percent of their commission and/or referral fee if out of state after a transaction closes. Most brokers are veterans themselves or have experience in working with military families.

Dick Bennett of Edmonds Realty, a Marine veteran, is coordinating the real estate program with Operation Military Family. He is also working on a referral list of selected home inspectors, attorneys, accountants, and other professionals who will provide veterans with discounts for their services.

Veterans and military families in the Puget Sound area may contact Bennett at DickBennett@sellingEdmonds,com or by phone at 425-921-2200, Ext. 245.

“When I returned from Vietnam, my wife and I felt completely on our own,” Bennett, a former U.S. Marine Corps sergeant, said recently when he recalled the emotional toll of coming back from a war zone and reconnecting. “lf some of us can lend a professional, practical hand to the men and women who serve our country, that’s the least we can do.”

Michael Schindler, Navy veteran, and president of Edmonds-based Operation Military Family, is a guest writer for several national publications, author of the book “Operation Military Family” and “The Military Wire” blog. He is also a popular keynote and workshop speaker who reaches thousands of service members and their families every year through workshops and seminars that include  “How to Battle-Ready Your Relationship” or “What Your Mother-in-Law Didn’t Tell You.”  He received the 2010 Outstanding Patriotic Service Award from the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs.

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