Oh boy, don't send him to the VA website if he's looking for a "clear answer" to anything! I'm a Veteran and have a VA loan and have worked with clients using VA loans and, no matter how you slice it, the VA is not usually very helpful and their website is downright awful!
The VA standard is 2 years from short sale to new loan, but I believe you may be able to find a lender who can work around that, especially if you kept making your payments. The key is to find a good loan officer. Best of luck with your transition and thanks for your service...Jim... more