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Home from Service program welcomes four vets to Coldwell Banker Bain Seal


After 23 years with the U.S. Army, retiring as a master sergeant, Mark Browning is ready to start his next chapter of his life as part of the Home from Service program with Coldwell Banker Bain Seal.

“I felt like I’ve given what I could give, and I’m at an age where I could either pull the plug now and call it a great career, or start on my second career while I’m still young enough to build something,” Browning says.

Browning, 42, grew up in the Portland metro area and now resides in Tualatin with his wife and two kids. He joins the Lake Oswego office “grateful that Coldwell Banker is offering a generous outreach to myself and other veterans included.”

“There’s so much focus on the post-traumatic stress and you hear about stories of broken soldiers, the 22 program — the 22 veterans a day that are committing suicide,” he says. “I like to talk about post-traumatic growth. That doesn’t nearly get as much publicity as I think it warrants.”

Browning is one of four recent additions to the Pacific Northwest real estate brokerage company.

Ron “Mac” McDowell will join Browning at the Lake Oswego office in June, he expects, as he finishes up the required schooling for his license paid for by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

A Gresham native, McDowell, 62, finished his service in the U.S. Air Force in 1976 and returned to Portland in 1991 after attending the University of California, Santa Barbara, and working in tech in Silicon Valley, Calif.

“This is my sunset career, what I’m going to do till the end of my life,” McDowell says. “I like selling things I believe in, and I believe in Portland.”

The program is designed “to put former and reserve military personnel on the road to a successful career in real estate,” the company says through a press release.

“It’s great,” Browning says. “More and more employers are recognizing all of the positive attributes veterans can bring to the civilian world. It’s not only a great opportunity for veterans but a great decision for businesses as well.

“It’s a real win-win situation.”

The program is also open to surviving spouses of service men and women as well as “service-connected disabled veterans.”

“I’m sure those of us taking advantage of it, we want to give Coldwell Banker what they’re paying for,” Browning says. “We want to perform well and show our gratitude and show that other veterans can do the same.”

Browning adds that, as a veteran, working with other veterans is “comforting to know that you have somebody who can relate and speak your language.”

At the Oregon City office, the program welcomes veterans Luis Garibay, Oregon Army National Guard; and Mitchell Stephens, U.S. Army.

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