Wednesday, August 24, 2011

unemployed veteran fix

I was listening to NPR the other day and there was a special about how, while well intentioned, the disclaimer that the VA Home Loan cannot be used for homes that are not "move in ready" is making it harder for Veterans to find homes that are in their price range.  Later, I read an article about how veterans are experiencing higher unemployment rates than the population at large.

One of the reasons for the high unemployment rate is simply that most "job skills" acquired in the Army are just not transferable--so, you can drive a HMMWV, shoot a 249, run quickly and take orders...thanks, but we don't need you in our Fortune 500 and we're scared to have you around kids.

So, I've come up with a genius solution and just need people to fund/implement it:
We hire veterans, and give them useful skills (mostly in the home building field--installing/weatherproofing windows, roofing, flooring, plumbing, electrical etc.). A company is created that signs a contract with foreclosed homes that are NOT move-in ready and work is done gratis by the company on the contingency that only enough work to make a home "move in ready" is done, and that it be sold through the VA Home Loan program.

Bam! We've now hired veterans as well as set up a separate home market for other Veterans to buy homes at a low rate that are "move in ready" that they can then improve upon further if they choose to do so. We help rid the market of a glut of homes that can't be sold and thus help stabilize the economy as well.

I deserve an award or something for this stellar idea...


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