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Active duty personnel, veterans, retired members of the military and employees of the U.S. Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security are eligible to apply for up to $5000 in down payment and closing costs in the purchase of a first home. The national nonprofit Pentagon Federal Credit Union Foundation is offering the assistance through its Dream Makers program and says the grants can be applied to a mortgage from any financial institution. More info is at http://www.PentagonFoundation.org. Click on the “Dream Makers” link. (from the September 2011 issue of REALTOR Magazine)