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Veterans who served on active duty and were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable are eligible for VA loan benefits. This includes members of the Selected REsreve who are not otherwise eligible and who have completed six years of military service.

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Who is Eligible for a VA Loan?

Overview of the VA Loan Program

Veterans who served on active duty and were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable, during World War II and later periods are eligible for VA loan benefits. World War II (September 16, 1940 to July 25, 1947), Korean conflict (June 27, 1950 to January 31, 1955), and Vietnam era (August 5, 1964 to May 7, 1975) veterans must have at least 90 days' service. Veterans with service only during peacetime periods and active duty military personnel must have had more than 180 days' active service. Veterans of enlisted service which began after September 7, 1980, or officers with service beginning after October 16, 1981, must in most cases have served at least 2 years.

Persian Gulf Conflict. Basically, reservists and National Guard members who were activated on or after August 2, 1990, served at least 90 days and were discharged honorably are eligible. VA regional office personnel may assist with eligibility questions.

Members of the Selected Reserve, including National Guard, who are not otherwise eligible and who have completed 6 years of service and have been honorably discharged or have completed 6 years of service and are still serving may be eligible. The expanded eligibility for Reserves and National Guard individuals will expire September 30, 2003. Contact the local VA office to find out what is needed to establish eligibility. Reservists will pay a slightly higher funding fee than regular veterans.


Overview of the VA Loan Program

  1. Five Easy Steps to a VA Loan
  2. About VA Home Financing
  3. Uses for a VA Home Loan
  4. Who is Eligible for a VA Loan?
  5. Entitlements and Restorations
  6. How to Get a VA Loan
  7. Costs of Obtaining the Loan