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Phoenix Veteran Honored at Real Estate Certification Event

Phoenix Veteran honored and presented with Service Dog Training Grant at Certified Military Residential Specialist training event presented by Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation and American Warrior Initiative on May 4, 2017.




Special Guest Appearances By:


1. NY Times Bestselling Author and frequent FOX NEWS contributor Sean Parnell


2. Author, National Speaker, and Gold Star Mother, Karen Vaughn, whose son, Navy SEAL Aaron Vaughn (SEAL Team VI), was KIA on August 6, 2011.




*Training event highlighted the need to educate the housing industry on the special skills and knowledge required to better serve American veterans in their homebuying decisions.


Phoenix, AZ — May 4, 2017 — The American Warrior Initiative (AWI) and Arizona branches of Fairway Independent Mortgage (Fairway) provided Certified Military Residential Specialist (CMRS) training to OVER FOUR HUNDRED Real Estate Agents on May 4, 2017 at JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa.


The brave men and women of the US Armed Forces have endured incredible hardships and sacrifices to defend our freedom and they often face uphill battles upon returning to the States.


American Warrior Initiative is here to help.


Real Estate Agents left the event with 3 General CE Credit Hours, Military Residential

Specialist Certification and a deeper understanding of what it means to serve those who serve.


Following the training, a Phoenix veteran—introduced to AWI by a Fairway employee—was surprised with monies needed to complete training with his very own SERVICE DOG. - This gift was made possible through funds collected by training registration fees and donations.




In addition...because so many of the realtors present invested in the cause of pairing vets with service dogs, we were able to donate another FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS to "Soldier's Best Friend," a non-profit that pairs and trains service dogs for veterans.


“AWI and Fairway are grateful to veterans for their service to our nation. They are true heroes and we want to honor them for their service. Through these events we are hoping to inspire others to do whatever they can to give back to our wounded heroes,” said Louise Thaxton, director of Fairway’s American Warrior Initiative and the Military Mortgage Specialist Division.




To date, the Certified Military Residential Specialist training tour has hit 50 cities, trained over 20,000 Real Estate Agents and raised over $750,000 for American veterans.


* Sean Parnell is a frequent contributor to FOX NEWS, Co-Founder of the American Warrior Initiative, decorated US Army Captain, Airborne Ranger and author of the NYT bestselling book OUTLAW PLATOON, which details Parnell’s experiences serving on one of the most brutal and longest deployments in OEF history. Parnell is the recipient of 2 Bronze Stars, one for Valor, a Purple Heart, and numerous other awards.


* Karen Vaughn is also a frequent contributor to FOX NEWS and was a featured speaker on opening night of the 2016 Republican National Convention. Karen has authored a book about her hero son, Navy SEAL Aaron Vaughn, titled World Changer: A Mother’s Story. Karen has emerged on the national scene as a powerful spokeswoman for our war fighters still serving abroad and for those who’ve come home wounded and forever changed.


Members of the Press:

The Press is invited to interview Sean Parnell, Karen Vaughn, and Louise Thaxton of Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation on their national efforts through these trainings.


Interview Access - Members of The Press Exclusively:

Contact AWI Operations Director: Laurie Snell

724-900-6045 -


About American Warrior Initiative:

The objective of the non-profit American Warrior Initiative (AWI), sponsored by Fairway

Independent Mortgage, is to educate, encourage and inspire Americans to give back to our military. A key part of this initiative is the education platform for real estate agents and mortgage professionals. To date, AWI has trained over 20,000 Real Estate and Mortgage industry professionals resulting in over $750,000 in donations for American veterans and veteran organizations in the last two years.


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About Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation:

Founded in 1996 by Steve Jacobson, and named by a childhood best friend, colleague and forever member of the Fairway family, Randy Cross, Fairway Independent Mortgage

Corporation is a mortgage lender headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin and Carrollton, Texas. The company has more than 250 locations and over 4,500 employees nationwide. At Fairway, customer service is a way of life and speed of response is the goal, with some of the fastest turn times in the industry. The goal is to act as a trusted advisor, providing highly personalized service and helping through every step of the loan process. It’s all designed to exceed expectations, guarantee satisfaction and earn trust. For more information, please visit our website at


Veterans, for information on VA Loans with Fairway call the VA Loan Hotline at 602-777-8666

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About Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation

Founded in 1996 by CEO Steve Jacobson, Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation is a Top 10 ranked national mortgage lender. The company has more than 250 locations including several Arizona Mortgage Branches. At Fairway, customer service is a way of life. At Fairway speed of response is the goal, with some of the fastest turn times in the industry. The goal is to act as a trusted advisor, providing highly personalized service and helping through every step of the loan process. It’s all designed to exceed expectations, guarantee satisfaction and earn trust. For more information on Fairway Independent Mortgage Branches in Arizona, please visit our website at 

AZ Mortgage Banker License Number: 0904162

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