Thursday, March 12, 2020

Veteran Housing and Military Relocation

If you're a military veteran, a surviving spouse or otherwise entitled to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits, please use the links below to claim your hard-earned benefits. Even if you aren't in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, I'm happy to help you and honor your service and sacrifices.

Military Benefit Links
VA Benefit Links
Housing and Benefits-related Acronyms

Military Benefit Links

Automated Housing Referral – helps service members locate available housing.
Rent-or-Buy Calculator at – - presents a graph that estimates the cost-benefit times required to sell or lease properties.
Median single-family home prices in U.S. markets - – NAR Research publishes annually.
Military Pay
Supplemental Income for Wartime
Cost-of-living Adjustment (COLA) for Continental U.S. (CONUS) stations
Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) rates –
Department of Defense (DOD) Customer Moving Portal - Permanent Change of Station (PCS) moving information
DOD Family Readiness System (FRS) - support for military families through various programs, services, agencies and contacts.
Weight Estimator for Household

• Kid Connect – – military kids network for kids to connect with same-age kids on other bases.
• Exceptional Family Members – - support and resources for families with special needs.
• Blue Star Families – – supports military families.
• Department of Defense –

VA Benefit Links
Certificate of Eligibility (COE) - VA Form 26-1880
VA – this is the fastest way to verify VA benefit eligibility and determine entitlement amounts.
VA Home Loan Prequalification Worksheet - interactive form.
More VA - includes online chat options.
VA Loan - displays the maximum amount that can borrowed with $0 down payment. Buyers can borrow more with 25% of additional amount over the limit.
Dream Makers Grants for First-Time Home - Pentagon Federal Credit Union Foundation offer two-to-one matching grants up to $5,000 for down payments and closing costs. Buyer is not required to be a PenFed member and can apply from any financial institution.
Texas Veterans Land - provides land purchase and improvement loans for Texas Veterans and select others.

• Lost or destroyed DD-214 – -, request a GSA Form SF-180 from the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC). It substitutes for the actual discharge papers.
• VA approved condominium list – - search the name of the condominium association (not management company) or city, state, county to see if the status is “Accepted Without Conditions.”
Adaptive Housing - SAH/SHA Housing Adaptation Grants.
National Resource – support for the housing needs of wounded warriors.
Lenders Handbook – VA Pamphlet 26-7 –

Mark M. Hancock /
I’m an OPFOR Infantry veteran 
from the Army’s National Training 
Center. I understand your sacrifices. 
I understand your code of honor. 
Most importantly, I’ve Got Your Six!
Housing and Benefits-related Acronyms

AAFES – Army and Air Force Exchange Service
ACSIM – Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management
AFC – Army Family Covenant
AFSA – Air Force Service Agency
AHRN – Automated Housing Referral Network
AIP – Assignment Incentive Pay
BAH – Basic Allowance for Housing
BAS – Basic Allowance for Subsistence
BDU – Battle Dress Uniform
BEQ– Bachelor Enlisted Quarters
BX – Base Exchange (Air Force)
CAC – Common Access Card
CDC – Child Development Center
CO – Commanding Officer
COE – Certificate of Eligibility (VA finance benefits)
COLA – Cost-of-Living Adjustment
CONUS – Continental United States
DECA – Defense Commissary Agency
DEERS – Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System
DITY – Do-It-Yourself Move
DLA – Dislocation Allowance
DD-214 – Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty
DOD – Department of Defense
DS – Defense Personal Property System
ETS – Expiration of Term of Service
FRG – Family Readiness Group
HDP – Hardship Duty Pay
HDIP – Hazardous Duty Incentive Pay
HFP – Hostile Fire Pay
HHG – Household Goods
HQ – Headquartyers
IDP – Imminent Danger Pay
LES – Leave and Earnings Statement
MALT – Monthly Allowance in Lieu of Transportation
MCX – Marine Corps Exchange
MFH – Military Family Housing
MHPI – Military Housing Private Initiative
MOB – Mobilization
MPR – Minimum Property Requirements
MWR – Morale, Welfare, Recreation
NCO – Non-Commissioned Officer
NOV – Notice of Value
NPRC – National Personnel Records Center
OCONUS – Outside the Continental Unitied States (includes Alaska and Hawaii)
OPTEMPO – Operational Tempo or pace of deployment
OTH – Other Than Honorable Discharge
PAO – Public Affairs Office
PBP&E – Professional Books, Papers, and Equipment
PCS – Permanent Change of Station
POA – Power of Attorney
POV – Privately Owned Vehicle
PPM – Personally Procured Move
PPO – Personal Property Office
PX – Post Exchange (Army)
RAP – Relocation Assistance Program
ROTC – Reserve Officer Training Corps
SCRA – Servicemembers Civil Relief Act
S&I – Special and Incentive Pay
TDY – Temporary Duty
TLE – Temporary Living Expenses
TMO – Traffic Management Office
             Transportation Management Office
TO – Transportation Office
Tricare – Military health insurance provider
VA – U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

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