Barry Corbin Steps in as the New Voice for the VLB

Barry Corbin is the New Voice for the Texas Veterans Land Board

As the new spokesman for the Texas Veterans Land Board (VLB), Texas born and bred actor Barry Corbin has a face most everyone will recognize, even if they may not know his name.

With more than 100 TV and film credits and several Emmy nominations to his name, Corbin’s success as a Hollywood character actor knows no bounds. His movie roles include WarGames, Urban Cowboy and No Country for Old Men, just to name a few. But it’s Corbin’s real-life role as a member of the U.S. Marines that helped him to achieve his life-long aspiration of owning land in Texas.

“Here in Texas, owning land has always been a big part of being a Texan, but for veterans like me, owning land here is a dream come true,” Corbin says as he walks along a fenced pasture on a hill country ranch. Right now, if you’re a Texas veteran or a member of the military, the VLB has low-interest land loans up to $100,000 with a minimum of five percent down.

Corbin, a member of the Texas Film Hall of Fame, earned his Texas veterans benefits long before starring in TV series including Anger Management, Matlock, The Thorn Birds, M.A.S.H., Dallas, The Closer, and One Tree Hill. One of his best remembered roles was Maurice Minnifield, a former astronaut and millionaire entrepreneur on Northern Exposure, for which he received an Emmy Award nomination.

“We looked long and hard to find a Texas veteran who could really understand and appreciate our mission at the VLB — serving Texas veterans for life,” Commissioner Jerry Patterson said. “Barry is a Texas veteran who understands that owning land is the American dream and he was eager to help us spread the word.”

When not on the set, Corbin enjoys spending time on his ranch near Fort Worth and is an accomplished horseman.

Corbin’s thirty second TV and radio ads for the VLB were shot on a ranch in Liberty Hill owned by a Texas veteran. The spots will begin airing March 17 in Dallas-Fort Worth, Central Texas and San Antonio, and will be pushed out statewide via social media and direct marketing efforts. The campaign aims to let Texas veterans know about the benefits they’ve earned through their service. Learn more at

You can watch Corbin’s public service announcement here.

For more information on VLB land, home and home improvement loans, or state veterans homes or cemeteries, please call 1-800-252-VETS (8387) or email us at

2 thoughts on “Barry Corbin Steps in as the New Voice for the VLB

  1. How good of a FICO Score does one need to qualify and receive a good interest rate? I have no inquiries on my credit reports and my FICO Scores are in the mid 640′s. Would this be good to qualify for a good interest rate? Wait for your answer soon. Thanks for your time. Al. V. Ramirez. United States Marine Corps Retired.

    • Mr. Ramirez, our interest rates do not vary based on a veteran’s credit score. For home loans, we use a network of outside lenders. Most of those lenders do require a 620 or better when using the VLB home loan program with a VA loan. For a land or home improvement loan, we originate all of those in-house at the VLB. For that reason, we are able to look at each veteran’s situation separately and with a little more flexibility. If you have some free time, please give Jimmy Smaragdis a call at 512-463-9299 or 1-800-252-8387 and let him explain the process. Thank you.

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