Secretary Robert McDonald delivers remarks during AMVETS National Conference in Memphis, TN
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today that primary care has been added to the services available to Veterans through VA's Patient-Centered Community Care (PC3) contracts, a key and evolving part of the non-VA medical care program. Eligible Veterans are already able to access inpatient specialty care, outpatient specialty care, mental health care, limited emergency care and limited newborn care for female Veterans following childbirth under PC3.
Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald today announced the award of approximately $300 million in grants that will help approximately 115,000 homeless and at-risk Veterans and their families. The grants will be distributed to 301 community agencies in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
Posted: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:00:59 +0000
There can be many reasons to refinance your home mortgage. You might be looking to lower your interest rates, take out equity or shorten the length of your repayment time. The financial flexibility of a refinance loan is sometimes just the solution needed for home improvement projects, too. If you’re a Veteran or active-duty Servicemember, it can be worth your while to explore VA refinancing options.
Like other kinds of refinancing options, a VA refinance can be used to:
One of the first questions current homeowners ask is, “Can I get a VA refinance even if I don’t currently have a VA loan?” That depends on what type of refinancing option you are seeking. An Interest Rate Reduction Refinance Loan (IRRRL) or Streamline Refinance is only available to those with an existing VA loan. A cash-out option does exist, however, and is available to anyone who meets the eligibility requirements, even if the original loan is not through VA. The differences between the two are that:
Eligibility Requirements Must Be Met For Refinancing
Although these types of VA home loans can be used to replace conventional ones, the homeowner still must meet the basic eligibility requirements of the VA program. Namely, the homeowner must be a current or former member of the U.S. military or the surviving spouse of a Veteran. Members of the National Guard and Reserve may qualify, too. Talk to a qualified VA lender to determine your eligibility.
Moses Mendoza with his friend and partner Colin Valencia has launched several military-focused businesses, including VA Loan Mortgages (www.valoansfinance.com), an FDIC insured lender that works exclusively with Veterans and active-duty Servicemembers. The partners also launched the app Hammers & Shields, a social and professional networking app designed specifically for Veterans.