TO THE PRESIDENT: Senate Approves Jaime Herrera Beutler’s Bill to Assist Active Duty Purple Heart Recipients Afford Home Mortgages

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019, which included U.S. Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler’s bill to make home mortgages more affordable for active duty service members wounded in combat, was approved by the U.S. Senate last night and is headed to the president’s desk to become law. Herrera Beutler’s 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.

“It’s an honor to assist our military service members on the home front as they fight for our freedom on the frontlines. Helping Purple Heart recipients and their families achieve the dream of home ownership is one thing we can do to repay them for their service. I’m thrilled Congress passed this legislation to honor the tremendous sacrifice of those who continue to serve our country, even after being wounded in combat, and I look forward to the president signing it into law in the coming days,” Herrera Beutler said.

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.

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.”