“We happily recommend others to trust in the program”

We were happy to help this family who met in basic training to get into a new home! Here is a testimonial from another happy MHAF family:

“We met in 2012, in Basic Training. Ended up being stationed together in Vilseck, Germany, deploying together to Kandahar, Afghanistan, back to Germany, and then going out separate ways to Fort Belvoir, VA and West Point, NY. Never could we have imagined being where we are today. Getting out of the Army and moving once again was stressful. We’ve packed up and moved so many times!!! When we first moved back to my home in Chicago we knew we wanted to settle down and have a house of our own to lay our roots and call home. We thought we’d be ready in a year to do it, but thanks to MHA we accomplished it within 3 months. They made the process easier for our family by connecting us with agents that were there to help and support us. There were so many nights in which we could not understand certain documents but luckily our questions were heard and responded immediately by one of the many people helping us. This program was well recommended to us by friends who used it before us, and now we happily recommend others to trust in the program, the guidance and tell you that it is all well worth it.”

-The Smith Family


“It was a pleasure working with MHAF”

Our mission is to help active military service members and veterans to get into their dream homes! That’s why we love to hear from satisfied folks who loved working with MHAF.

Here is a testimonial from another happy MHAF family:

“It was a pleasure working with MHAF and all the agents involved. From the beginning, they provided very detailed instructions and a list of all necessary items needed to complete the purchase. Our real estate agent was very diligent in finding homes that met our needs and we were under contract in less than a week working with her. The lending agent and his team got us the best rate possible and everything was done in time for closing. The escrow company worked with us to get everything signed in time for closing, considering the fact that we were living and work am hour away from them. Any time I had a question it was answered promptly and accurately. The entire team treated us like we were their only client, always. Every single response, email, and phone call were personalized and not just a blanket statement they would use with all clients. I would recommend this program above any other programs for active duty military.”

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“Thanks to the Whole MHAF Family for All You Do for Vets”

Our entire team is passionate about helping veterans get into their next home. That’s why we bring an entire team to act as your realtor, lender and more during your home buying process, and in the end our team works together to help you save money on closing costs.

Here is a testimonial from another happy MHAF family:

“It is with great joy that I can sit down and right this Thank You letter to you in my new home. When we first started our home buying adventure we had no idea what to expect but the cooperation between you, the Realtor, and the Lender was seamless. In a matter of a few days we had an approval from the lender. A short time later our very accommodating Realtor, Kamesha, was contacting us to view homes within our budget and in the part of town we most wanted. It must be difficult to juggle the needs and wants of such a large, extended family as ours, but she was awesome the whole time. The lender was always in touch to make sure we knew what was going on. I want to thank the whole MHAF family for all you do for vets. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”

– The Olaires Family


MHAF Housing Assistance For Veterans

Our mission at Military Housing Assistance Fund is to help military service members and veterans get into their next home. It’s always heartwarming to hear from a satisfied veteran as they make their big move!

This testimonial from Brendan below is the perfect example of how we like to work with you to help eliminate closing costs.

“The team at the Military Housing Assistance Fund are the real deal. At first, it seemed too good to be true, but after talking with them we realized that they could help make our first home buying experience a reality. They set us up with our fantastic realtor, Maria, who met and exceeded our expectations in every way. She helped negotiate the purchase of the house on our terms, at a price that made our dream a possibility. Although there were some communications issues with the lender that we were obliged to use, everything eventually worked out in the end, with the lender offering a competitive rate and terms. Lastly, the financial assistance we received directly from the Military Housing Assistance fund was a great help in eliminating the remaining closing costs and other home-buying expenses. I would highly recommend the Military Housing Assistance Fund to any service member who needs help in navigating the long and complicated home buying process.”

– Brendan


Importance of Housing for Veterans Impacted by Mesothelioma


U.S. military veterans account for an estimated 30 percent — a disproportionate amount — of all cases of mesothelioma, a rare and aggressive cancer with no cure.

These veterans should not be forgotten.

Mesothelioma is caused almost exclusively by exposure to asbestos, which was used so extensively throughout the 20th century, particularly by all branches of the military.

And while asbestos did help to protect our soldiers — by strengthening and fireproofing most everything it touched — it also was highly toxic for those who worked with or lived with the asbestos products. The Navy, Army, Air Force and Marine Corps all used the products that led to various asbestos-related diseases.

These veterans were targeted unknowingly long ago. They deserve special attention today, which may include disability benefits, VA health care and an improved housing assistance fund.

The brave men and women who sacrificed to protect our country deserve a dignified place to live. Good housing is part of the respect and gratitude to which they should be entitled, particularly if hit with this deadly, debilitating cancer many years after leaving the military.

Mesothelioma patients are expected to live only one to three years after a diagnosis. Some have survived four, five and six years beyond their prognosis if treated at a mesothelioma specialty center with a multidisciplinary approach.

The VA Healthcare system has two of the best mesothelioma specialists in the United States. Drs. Abraham Lebenthal in Boston and Robert Cameron in Los Angeles are often referred to veterans from across the country.

Although the once-prevalent use of asbestos in the military was significantly reduced in recent decades, the incidence rate of disease remains high among military veterans, stemming from the long latency period (20-50 years) between exposure and diagnosis.

Navy veterans were hit the hardest, which was no surprise because ship builders used asbestos everywhere — from bow to stern — until the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulated its use in the mid-1970s.

Even then, those ships were used in the 1980s and 1990s, leaving a lasting trail of toxicity. There was asbestos in the boiler rooms, engine rooms, weapons and ammunition storage rooms, and other places that needed heat resistance. Anyone who worked there was exposed.

Submarines were loaded with it. Sleeping quarters, mess halls and navigation rooms had it. Anyone who worked with the pumps, pipes, motors, condensers and compressors on ships and submarines was vulnerable. Gaskets, valves and cables also contained it.

Those in the Navy who were helping to repair or renovate a ship often inhaled asbestos fibers. As the ships aged, the asbestos parts became brittle and the fibers broke down and became airborne.

Servicemen working below deck were the most vulnerable. The boiler tenders, ship fitters, welders and engine mechanics were at highest risk.

Thirty and forty years later, doctors are diagnosing these men with an incurable cancer. It’s important to guarantee they have the resources to find a proper and safe place to live worthy of their service to the nation.

Tim Povtak is a content writer for The Mesothelioma Center and, an informational source for mesothelioma patients and families.