The affiliation I have with Homes for Heroes is a fantastic occasion for me to interact with our Firefighters, Police Officers, Teachers, Healthcare Workers, EMT’s. Active Duty Military and Veterans.”
— Jean Plank
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO, USA, October 12, 2017 / -- Jean Plank is a distinguished Military Veteran who spent twenty-one years in the United States Army. He says, “I wanted to follow in my father’s footsteps and serve my country.”

Jean went through basic training at Fort Dix, New Jersey and continued advanced training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma in Field Artillery Weapons Systems. He then relocated to Fort Carson, Colorado and served in the 1st Battalion 27th Field Artillery.

It was here that a friend introduced him to his future wife Kimberly. They got married and had their first child, Ricky, before transferring to Wertheim, Germany where they welcomed twin daughters, Alexandra and Ashley.

Jean retired as an Operation Sergeant and decided to pursue a career in Real Estate, “because it gives me pleasure to help people find a home, just as people helped me and I enjoy talking and interacting with people.” He began working at Sellstate Realty in Colorado Springs in 2015 and shortly thereafter, obtained his Military Relocation Professional (MRP) Certification from the National Association of Realtors.

Because Jean is conscientious, diligent, responsive and easy to work with, he wanted to be immersed in his community on every level possible. He was subsequently introduced to a wonderful program called “Homes for Heroes,” which harmonized perfectly with his dreams and ideas. He says, “I was very excited about this opportunity because it’s such a fantastic occasion for me to interact with our local Firefighters, Police Officers, Teachers, Healthcare Workers, EMT’s and Military (Active/Veterans), in terms of being able to provide them with unprecedented rewards when they sell or purchase a home.”

Homes for Heroes was created shortly after the tragic events of 9/11 as a humble way of saying, “Thank You” to those who serve and sacrifice so much for the safety, security and well-being of our country and the local communities they serve.

Jean says, “Homes for Heroes truly resonated with me. I was deployed on a one-year tour in the first Gulf War in Iraq, where I served in combat operation. We were shooting rockets for four straight days with no sleep – pushing the enemy as far back as we could push them from Kuwait into Iraq. The counter-fire was tremendous and it was very scary. Not everyone gets to come home from war, and the most important thing in the world is having a home to come home to.”

It is for this reason that Jean wants every first responder, teacher, healthcare worker and Military member in his community of Colorado Springs, to know about how he can assist them in every way possible to make home ownership a reality for the local heroes. “To me, Police Officers are the first-line of defense. They have earned the reputation and the right to wear the uniform and serve our residents. It is an extremely difficult and dangerous profession and they are often underappreciated when it comes to getting their fair share of accolades.”

Jean continues, “Teachers are very important heroes to me as well. They set the standard for learning and push us to achieve more than what we would expect for ourselves. Money is often tight for teachers, so I’m thrilled to be able to give back to them financially and in other ways, but more importantly, to bestow upon them the recognition they deserve.”

Firefighters are, by their nature, people of action who are not inclined to stand idly by when others are in danger, whether on-duty or off-duty. Jean says, “Firefighters are often overlooked when it comes to being rewarded. I have the utmost respect and honor for them and what they do. They are ready, willing and able to put their lives on the line for our citizens, every single day by running into burning buildings and saving lives, often at the expense of their own well -being.”

Most first responders do not regard themselves as heroes because they do what the business requires. This is what they were born to do. The Homes for Heroes program recognizes this, because service deserves its rewards, despite the humble nature of these selfless professionals.

Jean concurs. “I have a personal appreciation for these altruistic individuals because I am proud to have served and defended my country, our democracy and our way of life. When it comes to our Military, it is a great honor to give back to them, especially those who are serving now, protecting my rights and sacrificing their lives and time for the United States of America. It’s all connected. Locally, we have our phenomenal Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT’s), but how often do we talk about the Doctors, Nurses and Psychologists who work in the trauma units and deal with debilitating issues such as the loss of a child or PTSD every day? I’m proud to be able to serve them.”

As a highly regarded Real Estate Agent, Jean only works with the finest mortgage lenders in Colorado Springs. “I find myself drawn to and surrounding myself with other professionals who have the same mind-set as I do in terms of giving back to the community.”

Jean believes that working with the ‘best-of-the best’ lenders insures that the hometown ‘heroes’ of Colorado Springs will experience the highest quality conceivable when it comes to buying, selling or refinancing a home. His philosophic and philanthropic nature is aligned with his moral and ethical values, where he believes that “giving back is the concept that when you give, your biggest and sole reward is the realization that you’ve made a significant change in someone’s life. That’s what I love to do and I’m all fired up for ‘Heroes savings’ in Colorado Springs!”

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