The VA Home Loan for Veterans was designed to offer long-term financing to eligible American Veterans or their surviving spouses (provided they do not remarry). The basic intention of the VA direct home loan program is to supply home financing to eligible veterans in areas where private financing is not generally available and to help veterans purchase properties. This loan is 100% financing or no money down and has no monthly mortgage insurance. There may be a VA funding fee financed into your loan if you are not considered at least 10% disabled by Veterans Affairs. Additional requirements not common to other government loans such as residual income requirements apply. If you are eligible for this loan, this should be your first option over any down payment assistance program.