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The VA’s little-known program for Native American veterans

A Department of Veterans Affairs lending program for Native American veterans has been severely underutilized, a government watchdog found.

According to a report the Government Accountability Office published this week, the VA’s Native American Direct Loan program only resulted in 89 loans originated in the continental U.S. from 2012 to 2021. This represents less than 1% of the estimated potentially eligible population of 70,000 veterans, the watchdog agency said.

The GAO said that the VA lacked the staff to run the lending program and failed to inform communities that it exists. Federal law requires the VA to implement details ⇒

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