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Jaime Herrera Beutler Reintroduces Bill to Help Active Duty Purple Heart Recipients Afford Home Mortgages

Bill waives funding fee on VA home loans for active duty service members wounded in combat, helping more military heroes achieve home ownership

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Washington, D.C., February 28, 2019 | comments
U.S. Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler reintroduced a bill today to make home mortgages more affordable for active duty service members wounded in combat. Her legislation waives the funding fee for active duty Purple Heart recipients for loans guaranteed under the home loan program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
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U.S. Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler reintroduced a bill today to make home mortgages more affordable for active duty service members wounded in combat. Her legislation waives the funding fee for active duty Purple Heart recipients for loans guaranteed under the home loan program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). 

Currently, the home loan fee is only waived for veterans, or their surviving spouse, who are receiving VA compensation for a service-connected disability. Herrera Beutler’s bill would expand that waiver to include active duty service members who have been awarded a Purple Heart, saving them $4,000 – $10,000, depending on the size of their loan. 

There are approximately 8,000 men and women serving in the U.S. Armed Forces who have been awarded a Purple Heart that could now be eligible for the home loan funding fee waiver. Herrera Beutler’s bill passed the U.S. House last Congress (it was rolled into H.R. 299, the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act), but failed to pass the U.S. Senate.

“This bill seeks to recognize the tremendous sacrifice of the thousands of service members who were wounded in battle and continue to serve our great nation. I am proud to reintroduce legislation that does right by our military heroes and helps make it easier for their families to afford homes,” Herrera Beutler said. 

Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) National Commander Doug Greenlaw supports Herrera Beutler’s bill: 

“Veterans who were disabled during their service are eligible to have their VA Home Loan funding fees waived, and rightly so. However, those who continue to serve in uniform after they were wounded in combat against the enemy must still pay the fee. To MOPH, this makes no sense. Congresswoman Herrera Beutler's bill would finally correct this injustice by extending the waiver to all active duty Purple Heart recipients, providing a significant benefit to those who have already paid the price on the battlefield.”
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