THE ARMY SAVED MY LIFE
I remember when I was 17 years old, I lived alone in a 110-unit low-income housing complex named Carvel Arms Apartments in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. My Grandmother lived with an older lady as her caretaker in Miami. I maintained the apartment thanks to Publix Grocery Store giving me a part-time job, and my grandmother and aunt making sure I didn’t go without. I was horrified of life after high school. It was one thing to be poor as a teenager, as your beginning isn’t a result of your decision-making but of your parents or guardians. However, once I was on my own, I was terrified, as I felt a need to be successful as an adult. I had completed 4 years of JROTC in high school and decided that I had to escape. I was tired of living poor. I was tired of living in low income housing. My grandmother worked two jobs as long as I can remember. My aunt worked her butt off at Broward General Hospital. They worked so hard. However, I didn’t have a proper structure for success as I was nearing graduation. I was hungry for a change as I transitioned into adulthood.
I started my military career. During my five years in the Army, I learned how to learn. The military provided the structure I needed to get a good start in life. As an American, I hit the lottery by being born at a time where some of “our history” is just that…history. This country, with all of its faults, and in spite of my motivation of joining the Army just to escape my humble beginnings, afforded me the ability to excel. I had an opportunity to grow into my manhood. You may ask, “How so?” Well, during my enlistment I traveled. I met people from all over the country and some from other countries. Many people, myself among them, believe that being well-traveled promotes a more diverse perspective on life. This diversity allowed me to maneuver through life’s obstacles more strategically than I would have been otherwise able to do, I believe. I met my wife in Baumholder, Germany in July of 1992. We were married 6 months later. I guess it’s sort of a military thing for young service people. The Army was good to me. Looking back, I wish I had been better to the Army. I truly do! I was so focused on what it could do for me. As I matured, I wonder how far I would have gone if I had focused on what I could have done for the Army. Hindsight is always 20/20.
So now that I’m older, wiser, more mature, well-traveled, and well-read, I wish to give back to the military by going above and beyond for those who serve today. I now provide world-class service to those who have been and are serving. I’ve been in business for almost fifteen years and I have earned a great living that only 20% of American households enjoy.
And that young tenderoni I married in Germany after only 6 months of dating? We now own just under $2 million worth of real estate. We purchased several homes with our VA loan benefits. Thank you, Uncle Sam! We are now providing free money coaching and mortgage counseling to active duty personnel and Veterans. If you are looking to work with the team that speaks your language and has an understanding of what it takes to make sound financial decisions, a team hungry to serve, call Wolf and allow my pack to serve you. We will help you take full advantage of your VA loan benefits.
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