Things You'll Need
Copy of death certificate
Determine if you meet the eligibility criteria for a VA home loan. See the "General Rules for Eligibility" at the Department of Veterans Affairs website (see Resources). Persons who may be eligible are veterans, soldiers on active duty, reservists, members of the National Guar and widows and widowers of those who died in the line or duty or as a result of active service.
Download the request form from the Department of Veterans Affairs website. Get Certificate of Eligibility Request Form 26-1880 if you are the veteran or serviceman or woman yourself. Get Form VA Form 26-1817 instead if you are a surviving spouse of a veteran. Fill
in, sign and date the form.
Gather supporting evidence to prove you meet the criteria for a Certificate of Eligibility. Acceptable proof depends on the type of eligibility. Example: Veterans must submit a copy of Form DD-214, Discharge Papers and Separation Documents, while the widow or widower of a veteran who died in active duty must submit copies of Form 1300, Report of Casualty, and their marriage certificate.
Prepare the Certificate of Eligibility Request Form and supporting documents in one package. Make several copies of the entire request package. Mail the primary copy to the Department of Veterans Affairs at the following address, or the current address indicated in the request form:
Department of Veterans Affairs