Nearly 55 years after their first marriage ended in divorce, Dennis and Diane Reynolds got a second chance at love.
The high school sweethearts married just five months after graduation, on Veterans Day in 1969. But things quickly fell apart, and the pair split just four years later.
Dennis remarried after an Army tour in Vietnam. Diane started a family of her own, too.
Decades went by, but they never stopped loving each other.
Flash forward to early last year. Single again after the passing of their other spouses, they wound up rekindling their long-lost love.
"He just really melted my heart," Diane said. "Call it fate, call it whatever you want, but we just feel like it was probably meant to be."
"I never stopped loving her," Dennis added.
The Reynolds got married for the second time on Veterans Day 2020, which would have been their 59th wedding anniversary.
Soon after, the couple set sights on their next chapter -- building their forever home.
Dennis turned to Veterans United for help. He used his VA loan benefit to build their dream home in Las Vegas.
"I probably would've never had a home if it wasn't for my Veteran benefits," Dennis said. "We've had a lot of hardship in our lives -- good things too, but a lot of hard. This home is just the icing on the cake."
“We trusted Veterans United,” Diane said. “We just felt like they cared. We could never have dreamed this, never in a million years.”
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