I hope you found you home by now. Anyone using their VA, for their loans, please make sure that your lender is experienced with that type of loan. Ask them how many successful VA loans have they closed in the last year. There was a long period of time that the home market just didn't fit the lending limits on in many parts of California, much less the Long Beach area. But, with the current market that we are "experiencing" the VA loan is becoming a more popular choice for many home buyers.
Like the previous post said, the VA is guaranting the loan, not providing it.
I have a page on my website dedicated to our soldiers with links to various VA sites. If you are currently serving, have served in the past, and "some" civilian military may also qualify for a VA loan.
God Bless our Soldiers!