This year, Veterans Day falls on Monday, Nov. 11, but is so much more than just a long weekend.
The eleventh day of the eleventh month has been officially recognized by the U.S. government as a day to honor and remember the veterans that have sacrificed their time, and often their lives serving our country.
Though the exact date of Veterans Day has shifted over the years, the U.S. Department of Defense explains November 11 is largely considered to be the day WWI ended in 1918. Even though the official Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, the fighting had ended seven months prior with an armistice between the Allies and Germany.
Since 1978, Veterans Day has been observed on its original date in the U.S. and similar days of remembrance occur in Britain, Canada and Australia.
HONORING OUR VETERANS
The latest data provided by the Census Bureau reports 18.2 million veterans living in the U.S. For decades, Veterans Day has been marked by public recognition of service members acts of kindness and lessons in history.
Perhaps most importantly, Veterans Day has shed light on many of the challenges service members face when returning to civilian life. Nearly 38,000 service members across the country were without stable housing in 2018, the Military Times reported, with assistance from The Department of Housing and Urban Development.
While this number is down from previous years, and a nearly 50% reduction from 2010, it's still a cause for concern that is often overlooked in the grand scheme of veteran care. Honoring past and present service members should be a task undertaken every day, and that's what Dustin DiMisa had in mind as CEO of InterContinental Capital Group.
VA LOANS WITH VETERANS CHOICE
With a focus on helping service members find more affordable finance options, Dustin DiMisa has helped shape the mortgage industry with Veterans Choice. This solution provides VA Loans for veterans for little to now money down.
VA Loans are one of the most appealing paths to homeownership for veterans. They are easier to qualify for and open to both first-time and repeat buyers. In many cases, no down payment is needed, and lower monthly payments means it's an affordable long-term option.
Many individuals and families may not realize they are eligible to receive a VA Loan. Any of the following could apply for a VA Loan through Veterans Choice:
- Active-duty personnel
- Surviving spouses of persons killed in the line of duty or as a result of a service-connected disability
- Certain National Guard Members and Reservists
- Certain spouses of active duty personnel
- Missing in action
- Captured in line of duty by a hostile force
- Forcibly detained by a foriegn government or power
- Certain other qualified members
Honorably or medically discharged veterans and surviving spouses of a combat injured service member should always take the time to discuss their options with a Judge Advocate General attorney. A personal financial advisor, like an accountant, can also be a great resource for understanding what benefits they may be entitled to and the forms needed to apply for a VA Home Loan of Refinance.
HOW TO ENROLL
Getting help with a VA Loan is easy with Veterans Choice. By submitting a few basic facts about yourself and your mortgage needs, a member of our dedicated and knowledgeable staff will reach out at a time convenient to you to help navigate the process. Begin the process today with Veterans Choice and thank you for your service today and everyday.