Guard members may be eligible for home loans from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) with little to no down payment. VA loans make buying a home more affordable and are available for home purchases and refinances. A VA loan eliminates the homebuyer’s need to make a down payment and purchase private mortgage insurance for homes up to $484,350.

VA-guaranteed loans are made by private lenders such as banks, savings and loans, or mortgage companies to eligible Veterans for the purchase of their own personal home, which must be for occupancy. To obtain a loan, a Veteran must apply to a lender. If the loan is approved, the VA will guarantee a portion of it to the lender. This guarantee protects the lender against loss up to the amount guaranteed and allows a Veteran to obtain favorable financing terms.

Qualified Veterans need to obtain a certificate of eligibility from the VA, or your lender may be able to obtain one for you online. Members with six or more years of Guard service, or those with 90 days of continuous federal Active Duty service (Title 10), are eligible for the “VA Home Loan Insurance Program.” Explore your options online at HomeLoans.VA.gov.

Note: Army National Guard programs and benefits are subject to change. For the latest information, please contact your local recruiter.