Take the First Step

The certificate of eligibility(COE) is the first step towards deciding which loan products you can consider for your new home. Too often, veterans are told to begin the loan process without getting this certification, only to find that they were misled, and ineligible from the start.

At Benchmark, we are determined to help our veterans start out on the right foot. Our goal is to serve you, and to equip you with the knowledge you need, even if you decide to go with another lender.

Our free COE service is not a sales pitch. It is simply a way to say “thank you” for serving our great nation.

Just select your scenario, fill out the form below,
and click the “Easy COE” button. We work fast to get your COE.

Please use the dropdown above to select your scenario. The requirements for eligibility will display here, and your selection will be sent to your loan officer with the COE form below.

Veteran

Requirements for Eligibility:

DD Form 214 – required to have a copy showing the character of service (item 24) and the narrative reason for separation (item 28).

Current or former National Guard or Reserve member who has been activated Federal active service

Requirements for Eligibility:

DD Form 214 – required to have a copy showing the character of service (item 24) and the narrative reason for separation (item 28).

Active Duty Servicemember

Requirements for Eligibility:

A current statement of service:

  • signed by (or by the direction of):
    the adjutant, personnel office, or commander of the unit or higher headquarters
  • showing:
    Your full name
    Social Security Number
    Date of birth
    Entry date on active duty
    The duration of any lost time
    The name of the command providing the information

Current National Guard or Reserve member who has never been Federal active service

Requirements for Eligibility:

Statement of service:

  • signed by (or by the direction of):
    the adjutant, personnel officer or commander of your unit or higher headquarters
  • showing:
    Your full name
    Social Security Number
    Date of birth
    Entry date on duty
    The total number of creditable years of service
    The duration of any lost time
    The name of the command providing the information

Discharged member of the National Guard who has never been activated for Federal active service

Requirements for Eligibility:

NGB Form 22, Report of Separation and Record of Service, for each period of National Guard service
-AND-
NGB Form 23, Retirement Points Accounting, and proof of the character of service

Discharged member of the Selected Reserve who has never been activated for Federal active service

Requirements for Eligibility:

Copy of your latest annual retirement points statement and evidence of honorable service

You are a Surviving Spouse in Receipt of DIC (Dependency & Indemnity Compensation) benefits

Requirements for Eligibility:

Submit VA form 26-1817 and veteran’s DD214 ( if available)

Include veteran’s and surviving spouse’s social security number on the 26-1817 form

You are a Surviving Spouse and are not receiving DIC (Dependency & Indemnity Compensation) benefits

Requirements for Eligibility:

Submit the following to the appropriate Compensation and Pension office:

  • VA form 21-534
  • DD214 (if available)
  • Marriage License
  • Death Certificate or DD Form 1300 – Report of Casualty
  • Please find the mailing address for your state to send the VA 21-534 on the following link. PMC States