The VA Loan Guaranty program recently updated its policy on same-sex marriage, a move that will likely streamline the process and broaden access to this historic home loan benefit. In short, the VA's guidance to lenders is essentially: A married applicant is a married applicant. Moving forward, VA officials will apply the same level of scrutiny to all veterans and service members who identify as married, regardless of whether they're opposite-sex or same-sex couples. Unless there's some explicit reason for lenders to further inquire, marking "married" on key mortgage documents should suffice for most veterans and service members. The policy update came nearly two years after the U.
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The Obama administration will provide veterans benefits to many married same-sex couples, another step by the federal government toward treating gay couples in the same way as their heterosexual counterparts after a landmark Supreme Court ruling. The move, announced Wednesday in a letter to Congress by Attorney General Eric Holder, tackles one of the thorny legal issues resulting from the high court's decision in June to strike down parts of the Defense of Marriage Act. However, Wednesday's move extends veterans benefits only to married gay couples living in states that recognize such unions, officials said. Couples in other states won't be eligible yet. Gay marriage is recognized by 13 states and the District of Columbia. The U. The limitation in extending veterans benefits points to a larger legal challenge for the administration, which also has yet to decide whether Social Security benefits should be extended to all same-sex spouses.
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Lawmakers are concerned that thousands of troops won't get credit for the time served securing the halls of Congress. Dat Tran, the top data and technology official at VA, will serve as acting secretary until Denis McDonough is confirmed. Biden sworn in as 46th president of the United States. Infirm veterans had been on the priority list for vaccinations, but their caregivers were not due to bureaucratic issues.
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