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Valley Realtor guaranteeing jobs for veterans

LITCHFIELD PARK, Ariz. -- A Valley Realtor wants to help American servicemen and women and he's putting his money where his mouth is.

Restarting your life after serving overseas can be an ordeal.

"It's difficult, coming back from a wartime situation, to adjust to civilian life and get a job," said Richard Cox, owner of Sunrise Estate and Luxury Realty.

Richard and his wife, Candy, want to help those returning from overseas. Candy's father served in the military and many of their friends have family serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Richard is making an offer to veterans and military members, or any member of their family.

"Our initial push is to fund the entire cost for a military person or a member of their family to become a real estate agent," said Cox. "That costs about $2,000 in Arizona."

That includes tuition at a real estate school.

Though he's making the offer to any military person, he said that there are two scholarships available right now.

Randy guarantees veterans a job with his company. Candy said they will pay the tuition even if you choose to work for someone else.

Randy said his offer eventually will not be limited to real estate.

"Our plans are, as we expand this, to be able to include the funding to cover the costs for schools in insurance and insurance training as well."

Richard and Candy have also started a non-profit group called the Warrior Fund, which helps returning veterans.

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Years with the company: I started on January 2, 2006.

Education: I was born in San Antonio, Texas, but we moved to Phoenix when I was one-year-old in 1957. I grew up here and graduated from Alhambra High School and attended Phoenix College.

Family: I am married to my wife Rene', who is a librarian in the Washington school district. During free time, I may be found playing basketball in the driveway with my son, Devin. He's also keeping me busy with school, Little League, and playing in chess tournaments around the Valley.

Favorite food: Lots of favorite food, but our favorite restaurant is Fajitas.

Favorite spot in Arizona: The Little America Hotel in Flagstaff.

Favorite news memory: We have to go back to October 15, 1979. I was a country music air personality at KROP Radio in Brawley, California, when we had a 6.7 earthquake. Thankfully, there were no deaths and only minor injuries, but the entire community was pretty freaked out and listening to the station on their transistor radios. I would not want to go through an earthquake again, but it sure was a great night to work in radio and see how it can make a difference in people's lives.

First job: Working as a stringer for 'The Arizona Republic' at high school football games. My first real job was flipping burgers at the old Sandy's Hamburgers at 51st Avenue and Indian School Road. My first radio job was as announcer at KALJ radio in Yuma in 1977.

First concert: Doug Oldham gospel concert in the 1970s at the old East High School in Phoenix.

Favorite sports team: Phoenix Roadrunners minor league hockey. My dad took me to a game when I was in grade school, and I was hooked. I wanted to be a radio hockey play-by-play man. I used to take my cassette recorder and sit up in the rafters of the Coliseum and do play-by-play. It was great later in life to also take my son to Roadrunners games. Too bad the team just folded, I'll miss them. (Going to the Coyotes is fun, but they're not "my" team.)

Outside interests: My family and I are active in our church - Northern Hills Community Church in Phoenix. We enjoy going to movies, sporting events, and like to vacation at the Beach Cottages in the Pacific Beach area of San Diego. And I love to play catch, basketball, football with my son.

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