Army Veteran Emery Pan was serving with the 82nd Airborne when she first found a knack for investing real estate. After leaving the service, she turned her passion into a career and became a model and full-time Twitch streamer along the way.
Emery has created a community of veterans on Twitch through gaming, which also serves to distract from feelings of hopelessness that often accompany traumatic memories.
Emery knows how hard some veterans have it after receiving their discharge from the military. She looks for veterans when she hires contractors for real estate rehab projects, and around the holidays invites veterans with no where else to go to her own home.
Life has been going well for the veteran this year, which is why she is giving back to her community by bringing other troops home for the holidays, too.
“If you had told the dusty girl just trying to pay off her student loans on the left that the army would catapult her into her dream life she would have called you crazy,” Emery posted to Instagram under two photos of herself, one while suited up with the 82nd Airborne, and another in much more comfortable attire aboard a ship in the tropics. “I wouldn’t be where I am today without the community I have. So for the third year in a row I’m running a giveaway to pay for airline tickets sending a bunch of troops home for Christmas. It’s the smallest thing I can do to give back. If you know a deserving active duty member that could use the help please tag them or feel free to share this post.”
Emery first began sponsoring trips home for active duty members three years ago. By securing business sponsorships, she covered the cost of round-trip tickets for 8 veterans. The following year she sent four veterans home using her own income, without any sponsorship at all.
This year, perhaps one of the most challenging veterans have faced in recent history, Emery is getting help from fellow veteran Stephanie Pilipovich and current Army specialist Krista Vazquez, to give away 10 round trip tickets home to active duty service members.
These veterans will make it home for the holidays without having to worry about the financial burden during an already stressful season. What a gift!Whizzco