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10:00 a.m. Friday, March 6; 37 Rambling Road, Hattiesburg

HATTIESBURG, Miss.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jack Walker, a retired combat engineer with the Mississippi Army National Guard, will receive a $10,000 Housing Assistance for Veterans (HAVEN) grant from The First, A National Banking Association (The First) and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas (FHLB Dallas). The grant will help with construction costs of a home built by Armorbearers, a local nonprofit organization.

The media is encouraged to join Mr. Walker and bank representatives at a check presentation at 10:00 a.m. Friday, March 6, 2020, at 37 Rambling Road in Hattiesburg.

HAVEN is a unique grant program offered by FHLB Dallas through its member institutions, such as The First, that supports veterans and active-duty service members who have been disabled in the line of duty since September 11, 2001. The program was recently expanded to include post-9/11 Gold Star Families – those who have lost loved ones to military service. HAVEN provides grants up to $10,000 to fund new construction and home modifications and repairs. To qualify, grant recipients must also meet income eligibility requirements.

For more information about HAVEN, visit


Check Presentation




10:00 a.m. Friday, March 6, 2020




Steven Palazzo, U.S. Representative, R-MS


Andrew Hinkebein, Office Manager and Southern Regional Representative, Office of U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-MS


Myrtis Franke, Southern District Director, Office of U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-MS


Michele Gargiulo, District Director, Office of Congressman Steven Palazzo, R-MS


Rod Woullard, Forrest County Supervisor, Forrest County, Mississippi


Councilman Nicholas Brown, Hattiesburg City Council Ward 5


Jerome Brown, Executive Vice President, Director of Community Development, The First


Jack and Melanie Walker, Homeowners


Ron Laabs, Board Chairman, Armorbearers


Melanie Dill, Community and Economic Development Product Manager, FHLB Dallas




Grant Recipient’s Residence


37 Rambling Road


Hattiesburg, Mississippi 39401



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Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas
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