The Marchant Company has formed a Veteran Services Division to offer real estate services to military veterans and their families.
“As a veteran myself, I’m a big supporter of our military and the men and women who serve, and we want to assist them in this very important step in their lives,” said Seabrook Marchant, president of The Marchant Company. “We are also proud to welcome Lee Vining, a 10-year Army veteran who will serve as director of this division.”
Vining will serve as the home solutions specialist to former servicemen and women and their families in the greater Greenville area. Vining said he believes “America’s heroes deserve the best representation to help navigate all the intricacies required to fulfill their dreams of owning their home.”
Vining joined the military following the 9/11 terror attacks and served at Fort Lewis in Washington state in the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3/21 Infantry and Charlie Company.
Vining spent 12 months in Mosul, Iraq, and upon his return, was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. With the 82nd Airborne, Lee deployed to Iraq for the second time, this time to Baghdad, and then to Haiti.
Vining served 10 years until he had to leave the Army due to medical conditions.
After service, Vining relocated to Greenville, where he developed and implemented a justice program for veterans at the Greenville Detention Center. Since its start, the program has offered nearly 800 veterans the opportunities to enroll in VA medical services, find employment, connect with counseling services, and return to normalcy stateside.
Vining has also partnered with Upstate Warrior Solution to help veterans find emergency, temporary or permanent housing in the community.
Vining has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Troy State University of Alabama and manages the Veteran’s Treatment Court, a diversion program for veterans with the 13th Circuit Court.