BOONE — Jason Sirmon of Boone was recognized in December as a Hometown Hero by ALCOVA Mortgage.

ALCOVA Mortgage, based in Roanoke, Va., recognizes veterans each month as part of the “Hometown Heroes” program. Each veteran is given a plaque and a $500 check in thanks for their service.

“From his years as a submarine sailor in the U.S. Navy to financial consulting with Edward Jones Investments, Jason has continued his philosophy of servant leadership in various aspects of his life,” ALCOVA said in a statement.

Beginning his military career in 1989 as a submarine sailor, Sirmon was responsible for training and supervising staff in analyzing and forecasting to meet the demanding supply needs of 135 men for 120-day deployments. During his military tenure, he achieved the rank of E5 (Culinary Specialist 2nd class) Submarine Specialist and was honored with the Navy Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal (2), Navy “E” Ribbon (2), Sea Service Deployment (3), the National Defense Medal, Unit Commendation (2) and SSBN Deterrent Patrol.

After leaving the military, Jason and his wife moved in 2000 to Boone, where he started his educational career while also working in real estate. After being recruited to the Charlotte area to manage a real estate firm in Lake Norman, he continued to complete his undergraduate degree from Queens University of Charlotte. He started a consulting firm doing business consulting, strategic planning and while making the transition to Northeastern University to finish his master’s degree. He returned to Boone in 2014 to open the Edward Jones Investments office, where he serves nearly 500 families.

Every Memorial Day, Sirmon honors his fellow veterans with a Memorial Garden dedication and luncheon. This “garden” is a flag-planting space for visitors to place a flag in honor or memory of friends and family members who have served our country. Sirmon says that his sweetest moments are seeing visitors come away from the garden while wiping away a small tear of remembrance for a loved one.

He participates in national and international church mission trips, and he uses these experiences to mentor local kids to help them understand the needs of others before their own as well as recognize the personal reward that comes from serving others. Sirmon also serves as a board member with the High Country Breast Cancer Foundation in honor of his mother, a breast cancer survivor.

When not working or participating in nonprofit activities, Sirmon enjoys spending time with his wife of nearly 20 years and his three daughters.

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