The Dog Tag is a podcast for Veterans by Veterans produced by the Texas Veterans Land Board. We want to educate and empower our Veterans, military members and their families about all the different programs, benefits, services and resources that are offered throughout the state of Texas and beyond. Each episode will introduce subject matter experts who can help cut through the bureaucracy, dispel any myths and provide a clear path to these benefits and programs. Visit www.texasveteransblog.com/dogtag to find additional show notes and links, so you can access every program and service you or your dependents have earned and are eligible for.
How to Buy a House Part 2: Lenders, Real Estate Agents & Mortgage Loan Pre-Qualification
After you’ve established your credit score and calculated how much house you can afford, the next step in the home buying process is finding a good mortgage lender who can help you pre-qualify for a home mortgage. On this episode you can find out how the VA Home Loan Guaranty works, what kind of documents you initially need to provide the lender and how an experienced real estate professional is essential to help you find the perfect home that fits your budget.
How to Buy a House Part 1: Credit Scores & Budgeting
Buying a home can be a very intimidating process, so we’re going to break it down with the most knowledgeable real estate people we know. On this podcast we’ll cover the first two subjects related to buying a new home: credit scores & budgeting. We’ll discuss what credit is, why it’s important and how to get it. We’ll also go over how to read your credit report and make corrections. We’ll talk about how to calculate your desired monthly payment, down payments, closing costs, loan terms and more.
Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans
On this episode of The Dog Tag, Matt Elledge talks with Terry Tottenham the founder of Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans (TLTV). TLTV was established to develop and assist pro bono legal clinics throughout the state for Veterans who otherwise cannot afford, or do not have access to, the legal services they need. The attorneys who volunteer for TLTV provide legal assistance on a wide range of issues including VA disability claims, family law, criminal matters, real estate and tax law, and more.
How the Texas Workforce Commission Helps Texas Military Members & Veterans Find Their Next Career
On this episode of The Dog Tag, Matt Elledge takes a deeper look at the variety of employment programs and assistance for Military Members and Veterans provided by the Texas Workforce Commission.
Texas State Veterans Home
On this episode Matt Elledge talks with the Deputy Director and Program Administrator of the Texas State Veterans Homes. These homes provide affordable, long-term nursing care for Texas Veterans, their spouses and Gold Star Parents. Located across Texas, each facility enhances quality of life with a caring and dignified setting appropriate to those who have served our country with honor. Listen to the podcast and learn about the origin of these homes, eligibility requirements, associated costs and more.
Home Improvement Loans for Texas Veterans & Military
On this episode of The Dog Tag, Matt Elledge talks with Bill McLemore, Deputy Director for the VLB Veterans Land & Housing Program, and Charlotte Mumphord, Director of the Land & Housing Program, about the Texas Veterans Home Improvement Program (VHIP).
Matt and his guests break down the home improvement loan process including how to apply for pre-approval online, select a contractor and which projects are eligible. These loans are available to Veterans, Military Members and eligible spouses in Texa