Information taken from Farm Service Agency, Electronic News Service, May 2018

For those veterans who are from rural America and chose to return home after service, or for those who choose to move to a rural area, USDA wants to help you sustain and strengthen your communities.

Rural Business – USDA offers support to entrepreneurial veterans who want to strengthen and develop your rural communities through starting or growing a business. To do this, USDA wants to empower trained leaders like you who know and love your local communities. USDA’s Rural Development is here to help with more than 40 loan, grant, and technical assistance programs by going to https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/all-programs that you can use to get started. These programs include support to:

  • Purchase and develop land and facilities
  • Purchase equipment and supplies
  • Refinance for job expansion
  • Finance for energy efficiency improvements

Get help with your business plan by visiting your local Veterans Business Outreach Center by going to https://www.sba.gov/offices/headquarters/ovbd/resources/1548576

Community Development – You may choose to continue to serve as a leader in your local rural community. USDA can help you in the revival and redevelopment of your community by buying, building or improving a community facility. This support is available through USDA’s Community Facilities Direct Loan & Grant Program by going to https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/community-facilities-direct-loan-grant-program and can include direct loans, grants and loan guarantees, which support large projects such as hospitals, health clinics, schools, and fire houses, or other facilities that provide an essential service to the local community. These funds can be used to purchase, construct, and/or improve these types of facilities.

Want to learn more? Contact us at veterans@osec.usda.gov