The VA home loan guaranty program offers advantages that other loan programs do not. The major advantage of the VA home loan program is that most VA loans are made with little or no down payment.
The exact amount of a veteran's entitlement is shown on the Certificate of Eligibility. Veterans who do not have this document should contact their nearest VA regional office.
Veterans can use their entitlement to purchase, build, alter, improve, refinance or repair a home. There is no requirement that the entitlement must be used within a certain period of time except for members of the Reserves and National Guard who must use their entitlement by Oct. 28, 1999. VA home loan eligibility remains available until used.
To be eligible for a VA home loan, a veteran must have been discharged under conditions other than dishonorable, after serving a minimum period of time on active duty, depending on the period of service. Active-duty-for-training does not qualify an individual for VA home loan benefits.