Fairway Independent Mortgage Supports Home Donation to Wounded Veteran at Boot Camp Training Event

Wounded in Afghanistan, U.S. Army veteran and his family awarded mortgage-free, four-bedroom home

More than 90 professionals train to become Military Mortgage Specialists at D.C. event

HERNDON, VA — October 24, 2012Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation, one of the largest mortgage bankers in the U.S. and a strong supporter of homeownership opportunities for America’s military veterans and active duty servicemen and women, today aided in the award a mortgage-free home to a wounded U.S. Army veteran at its latest Military Mortgage SpecialistsSM Boot Camp training program.

Max Poyer and his wife, Beverly, were awarded their new four-bedroom, two story, 2,600-square-foot home located in suburban Delaware during Fairway’s Washington, D.C. Boot Camp.  Approximately 90 mortgage and real estate professionals attended the popular program, where they received training to handle the mortgage loan needs of active duty and veteran clients.

A Hawaii native, Poyer joined the U.S. Army in 1997 and last served as a communications technician with the 82nd Airborne Division 4th Brigade out of Fort Meade, Maryland. He was deployed to Afghanistan in October 2007 and returned in August 2008. Following his deployment, Poyer began experiencing nightmares, outbursts and erratic behavior and was eventually admitted to Walter Reed Army Medical Center, where he diagnosed with severe combat-related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. He was medically retired from the military and continues to work on his recovery.  The Poyers have a five-year old daughter, Brianna, and are also taking care of Max’s sister’s four young children.

“Like many others before him, Poyer sacrificed his life and well-being to protect the freedom Americans enjoy, without asking for anything in return,” said Louise Thaxton, director of Fairway’s Military Mortgage Division. “We are deeply honored to be able to help the Poyers achieve the American dream of homeownership, and we will continue serving the mortgage needs of all active military and veterans just as they have served us.”

Fairway Independent Mortgage is a proud supporter of the American military and has helped thousands of active troops and veterans nationwide realize their homeownership dreams. Fairway employees have pledged over $20,000 in donations per month over a 12-month period to participate in home presentations, which are sponsored by the Boot Campaign, a non-profit organization supporting returning American military troops, and made possible through the Military Warriors Support Foundation’s Homes 4 Wounded Heroes program. After acquiring distressed properties from financial institutions—the Poyers’ home was donated on behalf of Chase—the Military Warriors Support Foundation uses funds provided by Fairway to provide accommodations and modifications for the specific heroes. In addition to the home, the families receive three years of family and financial mentoring.

The home award took place at Fairway’s latest Boot Camp, the first step for loan professionals to earn the designation of Military Mortgage Specialist. The designation, which is exclusive to Fairway, requires attendance at an initial two-day Boot Camp (or “basic training”) followed by a 90-day coaching, mentoring, and training program whereby individuals are coached and instructed on how to best meet the specific home loan needs and requirements of active duty military and veterans.

“I am honored and privileged to be a part of Fairway, which is committed to supporting those veterans and their families who have sacrificed so much,” said Justin Exner, branch manager of Fairway’s Gainesville, Virginia office. “This program is something each and every Fairway employee rallies in support of, which is why it has been so incredible.”

Also in attendance at the Fairway Boot Camp were Terri Murphy, real estate author and e-communication consultant, and U.S. Marine Sgt. Joey Jones, an inspirational speaker and double amputee who was wounded in action. For more about Fairway’s Military Mortgage Specialist program, visit

About Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation
Founded in 1996 by Steve Jacobson and Dean Anderson, Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation is a mortgage banker headquartered in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. The company has 129 locations and 1,300 employees nationwide. The corporate vision is to foster relationships and create a team atmosphere, empowering offices to operate autonomously in their day-to-day operations, while still maintaining strict compliance and consistency across the board. Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation provides all necessary support in the areas of personnel, accounting and compliance. For more information, please visit

About the Boot Campaign The Boot Campaign is a 501c3 non-profit military appreciation and veteran awareness campaign based in Texas.  Launched in 2009 by a group of women known as The Boot Girls, the Boot Campaign’s mission is to express gratitude to the troops, spread awareness of the needs of military personnel and support their transition home.  Through the sale of signature military combat boots, General Public Donations, and Corporate Sponsorship the Boot Campaign donates proceeds to programs caring for military personnel, past and present, healing them from a variety of physical and emotional combat wounds, embodying the campaign motto that, “When They Come Back, We Give Back”.

Military Warriors Support Foundation
Military Warriors Support Foundations (MWSF) a 501c3 was founded in 2007 by General Leroy Sisco, retired 3-star general and the organization’s CEO. General Sisco brings 42 years of service to our country and a rich background of experiences and leadership roles. The General has a great understanding of the many challenges our heroes face after being injured in service and is determined to assist those in greatest need. MWSF is based in San Antonio, Texas.

MWSF awards mortgage-free homes to wounded heroes injured during combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. The homes are for families who have severe and/or unique circumstances due to their injuries received while serving our country. In addition to the home, the families receive 3 years of family and financial mentoring. Families may apply for a home by visiting and completing the application form.

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