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Veterans Voice November 2018


The November 2018 issue of the Utah Veterans Voice newsletter is now online and ready to view. Included in this edition are great articles and information happening here in the State of Utah. In this edition there are many events that are taking place throughout Utah for Veterans Day including the ceremony to commemorate WW I and the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, at the State Capitol Rotunda on Nov 8th, 2018 at 11 am. Updated information on “Utah @ Ease”, a new Veterans and Military Legal Assistance program that was started on July 1st, 2018. In addition to these articles, The Utah Veterans Voice has messages from our major partners: The Department of Veteran Affairs, Hill Air Force Base, and the Utah National Guard, and other great partners in Utah.

We hope you enjoy the November 2018 edition of the newsletter, and during the month of November, we encourage all to get out and celebrate those great men and women who have served and continue to serve this great country in which we live in.

The November 2017 edition of The Utah Veterans Voice can be found on the Resources and Publications page on our website ( To view the newsletter and other materials published by the Utah Department of Veterans and Military Affairs, Click Here.

It is our high honor to serve those who have and continue to serve.

Veteran First Time Homebuyer Program


Utah Wants You!

If you are a recently separated Veteran (last 5 years) or currently serving member of the military living in Utah and are interested in buying a home for the first time in Utah, this program is for you.

The Utah Veteran First-time Homebuyer Grant gifts $2,500 to Veterans and those currently serving who purchase their first home in Utah. Veteran eligibility is established by the Utah Department of Veteran and Military Affairs. Follow the link and application below:

Veteran Grant Status Validation (VGSV) Application

Program Details:
Veteran eligibility is those veterans and currently serving members of the military, who are eligible for a VA Home Loan Certificate of Eligibility, and if no longer serving, have separated within the last 5 years.

Purchase must occur no later than five (5) years after separation from the service.

Residence must be located in Utah and purchased by the eligible veteran.

Eligible Principal Residence means:

  • A Single-family, attached or detached dwelling
  • A Modular or manufactured dwelling affixed to a permanent foundation and taxed as real property
  • A Condominium or PUD (i.e. townhome, twin home)
  • A One-Four unit Dwelling compliant with local requirements, at least one unit must be occupied by the Veteran as their primary residence

Residence must be the first home the veteran has purchased in Utah (could have owned a home in another state)

First-time Home Buyer means a Veteran who has had no present ownership interest in a Residence located in Utah (including, without limitation, any Manufactured Housing which is permanently affixed to real Property) at any time during the seven-year period prior to the date of execution Veteran First-Time Homebuyer Grant Certificate.

Residence must be occupied by the veteran as his/her primary residence within 30 days of execution of the mortgage documents.

Grant may be obtained from any Lender licensed to do business in Utah, mortgage loans can be VA or any other conforming Loan Product (such as FHA, Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac). Lender means the bank, credit union, Mortgage bank, or other financial institution which is licensed to do mortgage lending in Utah.

As this is a new program, lenders may be unfamiliar with it. Have your lender refer to the Utah Housing Corp website: for a lender’s Funding Reservation Checklist and additional information.

Veterans are welcome to call the Utah Department of Veteran and Military Affairs for assistance: 801-326-2372

Check out our First Time Homebuyer Fact Sheet

*This is a pilot program to begin Aug 1, 2018 and ending on June 20, 2019 or upon depletion of the appropriated funds whichever comes first.

Veterans Park Passes

The Division of Utah State Parks and Recreation is excited to announce the implementation of the new Honor Pass!!

Effective July 1, 2016 the Division will offer a free Honor Pass to qualified veterans who are Utah residents and who were honorably discharged and have a service related disability rating of 50% or greater.

Veterans meeting this requirement will need to provide a current Summary of Benefits letter issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs in order to obtain the Honor Pass at select locations across Utah. We plan to have Honor Passes available starting July 1.

Pickup locations include our  Utah State Parks Region Offices, our main office in Salt Lake City,and all of our state parks – excluding Piute, Gunlock, and This is the Place State Parks, as well as Flight Park and Jordan River OHV State Recreation Areas.

We appreciate your patience as we initiate this new program.

The Honor Pass is valid for day use admittance only to all state parks for the qualified veteran and up to 7 guests in the same private vehicle. These passes are good until the end of the calendar year. At that time, qualified veterans will need to bring their updated documentation to once again receive a pass.

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