I would think that a VA loan would qualify you to purchase a short-sale property as long as you intend to occupy it as the owner; which is one of the VA stipulations.
But...would the seller (who still owns the property) and his lender be willing to accept a VA loan since no down payment is required? Submit your offer and find out.
Here is a helpful link for a VA Loan Checklist:
Good luck to you!
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