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Are You Eligible for a VA Loan?


February 2007

Before arranging for a new mortgage to finance a home purchase, veterans should consider some of the advantages of VA home loans. The more you know about the VA Loan program, the more you will realize how little "red tape" there really is in getting a VA loan. These loans are often made without any down payment at all, and frequently offer lower interest rates than is ordinarily available with other loans.

Military Service Requirements for VA Loan Eligibility:

Note: Applications involving other than honorable discharges will usually require further development by VA. This is necessary to determine if the service was under other than dishonorable conditions.

Wartime - Service During:

  • WWII 9/16/1940 to 7/25/1947
  • Korean 6/27/1950 to 1/31/1955
  • Vietnam 8/5/1964 to 5/7/1975

You must have at least 90 days on active duty and been discharged under other than dishonorable conditions. If you served less than 90 days, you may be eligible if discharged for a service connected disability.

Peacetime - Service during periods:

  • 7/26/1947 to 6/26/1950
  • 2/1/1955 to 8/4/1964
  • 5/8/1975 to 9/7/1980 (enlisted)
  • 5/8/1975 to 10/16/1981 (officer)

Individuals who completed less than 6 years may be eligible if discharged for a service-connected disability.

You May also be determined eligible if you:

You must have served at least 181 days of continuous active duty and been discharged under other than dishonorable conditions. If you served less than 181 days, you may be eligible if discharged for a service connected disability.

Service after 9/7/1980 (enlisted) or 10/16/1981 (officer)

If you were separated from service which began after these dates, you must have:

  • Completed 24 months of continuous active duty or the full period (at least 181 days) for which you were ordered or called to active duty and been discharged under conditions other than dishonorable, or
  • Completed at least 181 days of active duty and been discharged under the specific authority of 10 USC 1173 (Hardship), or 10 USC 1171 (Early Out), or have been determined to have a compensable service-connected disability;
  • Been discharged with less than 181 days of service for a service-connected disability. Individuals may also be eligible if they were released from active duty due to an involuntary reduction in force, certain medical conditions, or, in some instances for the convenience of the Government.

Gulf War - Service during period 8/2/1990 to date yet to be determined

If you served on active duty during the Gulf War, you must have:

  • Completed 24 months of continuous active duty or the full period (at least 90 days) for which you were called or ordered to active duty, and been discharged under conditions other than dishonorable, or
  • Completed at least 90 days of active duty and been discharged under the specific authority of 10 USC 1173 (Hardship), or 10 USC 1173 (Early Out), or have been determined to have a compensable service-connected disability, or
  • Been discharged with less than 90 days of service for a service-connected disability. Individuals may also be eligible if they were released from active duty due to an involuntary reduction in force, certain medical conditions, or, in some instances, for the convenience of the Government.

Active Duty Service Personnel

If you are now on regular duty (not active duty for training), you are eligible after having served 181 days (90 days during the Gulf War) unless discharged or separated from a previous qualifying period of active duty service.

Selected Reserves or National Guard

If you are not otherwise eligible and you have completed a total of 6 years in the Selected Reserves or National Guard (member of an active unit, attended required weekend drills and 2-week active duty for training) and

  • Were discharged with an honorable discharge, or
  • Were placed on the retired list, or
  • Were transferred to the Standby Reserve or an element of the Ready Reserve other than the Selected Reserve after service characterized as honorable service, or
  • Continue to serve in the Selected Reserves

Individuals who completed less than 6 years may be eligible if discharged for a service-connected disability.

You May also be determined eligible if you:

  • Are an unremarried spouse of a veteran who died while in service or from a service connected disability, or
  • Are a spouse of a serviceperson missing in action or a prisoner of war

Note: Also, a surviving spouse who remarries on or after attaining age 57, and on or after December 16, 2003, may be eligible for the home loan benefit. However, a surviving spouse who remarried before December 16, 2003, and on or after attaining age 57, must apply no later than December 15, 2004, to establish home loan eligibility. VA must deny applications from surviving spouses who remarried before December 6, 2003 that are received after December 15, 2004.

Eligibility may also be established for:

  • Certain United States citizens who served in the armed forces of a government allied with the United States in WW II.
  • Individuals with service as members in certain organizations, such as Public Health Service officers, cadets at the United States Military, Air Force, or Coast Guard Academy, midshipmen at the United States Naval Academy, officers of National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, merchant seaman with WW II service, and others.

Article Opinions

HOyt wrote:

i have been trying to join for two months. I have some misdermener charges from five years ago and they might not let me join.
Posted on 02/18/07 11:28:04

Eric wrote:

i was in the army for 4 years did a deployment to bosnia got out on a medical but been in germany for the last 7 years how can i apply for these benefits i also had a honarable discharge so do i quallify for a VA home loan
Posted on 02/22/07 17:59:20

kenny frankiln wrote:

I think the is cool to me bcuse my
plpe was in the army in ww2
Posted on 02/23/07 08:40:10

Dutch Boyd wrote:

I don't think I'd qualify for any of this... I'm too crazy.
Posted on 02/23/07 08:45:59

kenny frankiln wrote:

my name is kenny i am 15 in I like the army I will like to beow up
sith
Posted on 02/23/07 08:49:12

kenny frankiln wrote:

my ucnell is the army
Posted on 02/23/07 09:00:06

kenny frankiln wrote:

fuck you Dutch Boyd I am crazy.
in I leader a unit in 2004
Posted on 02/23/07 09:12:07

CANDICE ARAGON wrote:

MY NAME IS CANDICE I AM 18 YEARS OLD AND I WANT TO SERVER MY COUNTRY AND DO THE BEST THAT I POSSIBLEY CAN.
Posted on 02/23/07 10:54:05

Blas Hernandez wrote:

I want to join the army
Posted on 02/23/07 11:26:18

Blas Hernandez wrote:

MY NAME IS BLAS IAM 17 YEARS OLD AND I WANT TO SERVER MY COUNTRY AND DO THE BEST THAT I POSSIBLEY CAN AND AS FAST AS ICAN JOIN THE ARMY
Posted on 02/23/07 11:28:52

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