Dear Grumpy Realtor,
I’m just back from service in Afghanistan. Can you point me to a good source for information on loan assistance for veterans? Semper Fi
Stateside Steve

Dear Steve,
First of all, thank you for your service. This is the part where I usually give a smart-alecky answer, but I’ll skip it this time. Just this once. To answer your question, the Veterans Administration has some really great programs in which they connect vets with lenders, and further assist by guaranteeing a portion of the loan. This helps the veteran get a lower rate on the financing. Check out www.benefits.va.gov/homeloans. See? The VA *can* actually be more useful than a screen door on a submarine. Oof, I guess I just couldn’t help myself.