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Sign up for adult classes Strapped vets can secure
New Adventures in Learning, an all-volunteer nonprofi t organization offering
lower interest mortgages
classes to mature adults on a variety of subjects, makes its spring semester
curriculum guide available soon.
A program to help veterans holding sub-prime home mortgages refi nance into
The spring curriculum guide will be mailed to members before Christmas.
safer, lower-interest loans was announced by the Vietnam Veterans of America.
Nonmembers can pick up the guide starting Jan. 5 at the Chandler-Gilbert
The program is a result of enactment of the Veterans Benefi t Improvement Act, ,
Community College Sun Lakes Center, located at the northeast corner of Riggs and
according to the Department of Veterans Affairs Chandler chapter.
Alma School roads, or call 480-857-5500.
The law expands opportunities for veterans and military retirees to refi nance
Registration runs from Jan. 6 through 16 on a fi rst-come, fi rst-served basis.
up to $417,000 in most locations and up to $729,750 in some high-cost areas.
Classes begin Feb. 3 and run through May 6.
Previously, the maximum for refi nancing was $144,000. VA has established a toll-
The fall semester offered 46 different classes. The programs involve no homework
free number, 877-827-3702, that routes callers to their nearest VA regional offi ce.
Information on the home loan program is also available at www.homeloans.
New class ideas and volunteer presenters are always welcome. For more info,
or call 480-867-5500.
More VA news
In other news of interest to veterans, the Chandler chapter’s donation center is
Gilbert Police collect toys for needy
accepting household goods and clothing. Call 480-655-8387 to schedule residential
pickups. Another donation center for used clothing and shoes is located near the
The “Blue Line of Love,” a holiday toy drive for families needing assistance this health building in the Sun Lakes Country Club.
holiday season, is coordinated by the Gilbert Police Department Crime Prevention The Sun Lakes Rotary Foundation Hearts and Mind Project to assist Afghan
Unit. civilians was initiated by Dick Vogel of Sun Lakes. The project operates from
Donation boxes for citizens to drop off new, unwrapped toys for all ages have Kandahar Air Base in Afghanistan and is run by Vogel’s son-in-law, Todd Morgan.
been placed around Gilbert by GPD. In addition to toys, donations of wrapping Contributors can send candy and other items directly to Todd Morgan, COMKAF
paper, tape and bows are appreciated. J-APO AE-09355.
Collection locations include: Contributors can contact Morgan directly in Afghanistan to ask what he needs at
Freestone Recreation Center, 1141 E. Guadalupe Rd. Todd.Morgan@ManTech.com
or by calling Vogel at 480-895-0153. Contributors can
Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, 119 N. Gilbert Rd. also send tax-deductible checks to the Sun Lakes Rotary Foundation, Afghanistan
Gilbert Community/Senior Center, 130 N. Oak Project, in care of Vogel.
Gilbert Police Department, 75 E. Civic Center Dr. On a more global scale, VFW Commander-in-Chief Glen Gardner is calling
Gilbert Police Department San Tan substation, 2332 E. Queen Creek Rd. on Vietnam veterans to search their memories and fi les for any information that
San Tan Ford, 1429 E. Motorplex Loop might be of value in determining the fate of Vietnam’s estimated 300,000 MIAs,
Seville Clubhouse, 6683 S. Clubhouse Dr. and might be of assistance in recovering their remains.
Southeast Regional Library, 775 N. Greenfi eld Rd. The search is also on for information concerning Laos and Cambodia MIAs. Any
Trilogy at Power Ranch Clubhouse, 4415 E. Village Pkwy. information should be forwarded to Michael Wysong, Director, National Security &
Val Vista Lakes Clubhouse, 1600 E. Lakeside Dr. Foreign Affairs, VFW Washington Offi ce, 200 Maryland Ave., NE, Washington, D.C.
All donated items are requested by Fri., Dec. 19. The gifts are then distributed on 20002. All information collected will be turned over to the Vietnamese government
Mon., Dec. 22 by individual Gilbert police offi cers. at a time and place determined by the VFW commander-in-chief.
For families needing assistance and for questions regarding the program, call
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