Veterans help veterans use the VA home loan

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Sandy Heath stood with invitations to her wedding in hand, two destinations before her: garbage can or mailbox.

She picked the garbage can — and headed to a recruiting office. Military service would define the next chapters of her life.

Heath, who advanced to sergeant, spent the next four years working in aviation supply and as a recruiter for the U.S. Marine Corps. After getting out, she decided she would become her own boss.

She became a licensed real estate agent in Tucson in 1983.

Since then, Heath has jumped to work with veterans, and in January 2015 launched the Tucson chapter of the Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals, or VAREP. Phyllis James, a retired U.S. Army sergeant first class, joined her soon after.

VAREP is a national nonprofit started in 2011 to educate real estate professionals, veterans and active military about their benefits, specifically the VA home loan. Saturday, May 14, it held its first summit in Tucson to help veterans and active military by providing education on the loan, credit counseling and other services.

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