(6) Education and training assistance.
(7) Loans. The Veterans Administration guarantees the repayment of a loan made to an eligible
borrower by a lender of his own choice. The unremarried widow of an eligible veteran who died
of service-connected causes is also eligible for this provision.
(8) Special housing. Assistance in building, purchasing, repairing or financing specially
constructed housing is available to veterans with disabilities due to wartime or peacetime service.
(9) There are numerous other areas in which the VA has an interest. The chaplain should
explore these in order to facilitate referrals when problems arise.
UMTs frequently must rely upon the support given to military personnel by churches and
religious organizations. He or she will often refer problems to both when appropriate.
Problems concerning doctrine and ecclesiastical matters may be referred to the home church in
the absence of other sources of information and authority.
Administration of certain rites may require referral to the home church or to a local church of the
same faith and practice.
Problems that involve the religious education of military dependents who live off post may be
referred to a local church or religious organization. Usually, children are more at home and happier
when attending religious education classes with the classmates they have during the week. Military
families will be accepted by a community more readily and feel more at home if they take part in
community and church affairs.
In certain denominations, problems of church membership will have to be worked out with the
local religious organization and the individual's home church.
Chaplains should become acquainted with local religious leaders to discover additional services
which are provided for military personnel and their families. A copy of the Year Book of American
Churches, published by the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA, or some equally
informative volume, will be helpful in church referrals.