As veterans return to civilian life in Illinois, the state offers loans to some having trouble affording a home. Governor Quinn is touting that program in Springfield. Navy veteran Jonas Harger welcomed Quinn into his home. Harger says he couldn't have bought it without the help of the state's "Welcome Home Heroes" program.
Harger works as a prosecutor, and says he and his wife were struggling to find a house they could afford.
Harger's military service qualified him for a $10,000 loan for his down payment, plus an affordable mortgage plan. Since 2011, the program has granted home loans to more than 11-hundred veterans and active military personnel in Illinois. Officials hope at least 500 more military families will participate.
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