Have you served our country, the United States of America? Are you a veteran? You may be eligible for a guaranteed home loan. Tax credits have been extended for veterans serving while we are at war. This can mean a lot for a veteran when returning home and facing challenges of injuries, illness or simply relocation for their families.
I’m thinking of my family members who are serving, one of which has a child, and where he will be when his father returns. These are young men and women, of the age where their adult lives are just beginning, who will want to own homes when they return home. There are monies available for these men and women, and it’s our job as Realtors to help them find a way to reach that goal. Nothing says peace, than the comfort of a home, the shelter of a roof overhead, and the laughter and love within it’s walls.
Today, there are over 39,000 disabled veterans of the Iraq War living in the United States.
30 percent suffer from mental health disabilities and over 20% have brain and spinal cord injuries. I personally know several of these veterans. they are young, they were leaders of man and women, they gave what we can not imagine.
The VA Home Loan program began in 1944 as part of the Montgomery GI Bill, and it has guaranteed more than 19 million home loans – valued at more than $1 trillion – since its inception. During the past four years, the number of veterans helped by the VA has risen 63 percent.
There are ways we can help thank our injured or ill veteran family members and friends. “Specially Adapted Housing Grants” or “SAH” grants are available to build houses, to retrofit housing and to pay down mortgages. veterans or service members who have specific service-connected disabilities may be entitled to a grant from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for the purpose of constructing an adapted home or modifying an existing home to meet their adaptive needs.
“The goal of the Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) Grant Program is to provide a barrier-free living environment that affords the veterans or service members a level of independent living he or she may not normally enjoy.
Grants provided under the SAH program may also be used outside the United States. However, it must be reasonably practicable for VA to provide assistance in acquiring specially adapted housing for the designated country or political subdivision outside the United States. For more information on use of such grants, please contact Brian N. Bixler, Chief, Specially Adapted Housing, on (571) 272-0091 or via Email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are two types of grants administered by VA, which are available to assist severely disabled veterans or servicemembers in adapting housing to their special needs.” (http://www.benefits.va.gov/homeloans/sah.asp)
If you know a veteran in need of help, who needs a home to be retro-fit for a disability, or a veteran who wants to purchase a home, but is not sue how to do this contact Debbie Kirkland for help in finding out where to begin getting veteran’s home loans and assistance monies. If you are a builder or tradesman wanting to volunteer your time in helping a veteran, let Debbie know and she will add you to a list of Tallahassee community support persons. Together we can give these heroes the Welcome Home they deserve.
Download Guide to VA Loans – Heroes Welcome Home Booklet