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    Trump Executive Order Cancels Student Loan Debt for Disabled Veterans

    Trump Executive Order Cancels Student Loan Debt for Disabled Veterans

    “Veterans … who have made such enormous sacrifices for our country should not be asked to pay any more”

    https://youtu.be/yActjpxTUBA

    Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are pushing the idea of student loan debt cancellation for everyone. Trump has now delivered on this issue for one specific and deserving group. Disabled veterans.

    Andrew O’Reilly reports at FOX News:

    Trump signs executive order cancelling student loan debt for disabled veterans

    President Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday that forgives all student loan debt for any permanently disabled U.S. military veterans.

    The order, which Trump signed following a speech at the American Veterans National Convention in Louisville, Ky., also clears those eligible veterans from having to pay any federal income tax on the loans. Trump added that he is pressuring individual states to follow suit.

    “The debt of these disabled veterans will be completely erased,” Trump said. “That’s hundreds of millions of dollars of student loans debt for our disabled veterans that will be completely erased.”

    The memo Trump signed directs the government to develop an “expedited” process so veterans can have their federal student loan debt discharged “with minimal burdens.” Currently, just half of the roughly 50,000 disabled veterans who are qualified to have their federal student loan debt forgiven have received the benefit because of a burdensome application process.

    Trump tweeted about this, be sure to watch the video:

    Brett Samuels of The Hill has more:

    President Trump on Wednesday signed a memorandum directing the Department of Education to eliminate all federal student loan debt owed by tens of thousands of severely disabled veterans.

    Trump signed the directive following a speech to AMVETS at the organization’s 75th annual convention in Kentucky. The announcement drew applause from those in attendance, including Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

    “Nobody can complain about that, right?” Trump said. “The debt of these disabled veterans will be entirely erased. It will be gone. They can sleep well tonight.”…

    “Veterans … who have made such enormous sacrifices for our country should not be asked to pay any more,” he said.

    Here’s a short video report from WEHT News:

    This is one form of free college everyone can get behind. People who risk their lives defending the nation should move to the front of the line.

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    buckeyeminuteman | August 22, 2019 at 12:34 pm

    Antifa is pretty much fighting Nazis in Portland. When they get friendly f#%ked by their buddy’s Molotov cocktail, can they get the debt from their queer feminism BA degree erased?


     
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    CommoChief | August 22, 2019 at 1:28 pm

    As a combat disabled veteran I am trying to wrap my head around this. I suppose that the population is mostly reserve and NG who were injured on ‘active service’, there are likely a smaller percentage probably 15-25% of only AD vets. Either way when DoD breaks you they have to pay you. So they all have gone through the VA claims process to receive their rating.

    If you have not personally experienced VA examination and claims submission process I will sum it up in three words; adversarial, Byzantine and lengthy. I simply state this to show that these folks have been thoroughly screened. Generally speaking 30% disability rating is probably what the lower cut off is for many services.

    VA math. Not simple addition. A single condition with a 40% rating = 40% disabled and 60% able. A second condition with a 40% rating means 40% of the remaining 60% = 24% rounded to nearest ten, so second condition is not 40% it is 20% in VA math. This first condition rating of 40% + second condition rating of 20% = 60% final disability rating with 40% able as the multiple for a third condition of any.

    I suppose these particular population of disabled veterans falls somehow outside the post 9-11 GI Bill and other VA education programs or they wouldn’t have student loans to begin with.

    This move by POTUS de-fangs the current student loan forgiveness movement IMO. A ‘ deserving’ group was targeted for relief. This makes it easier for the administration to resist calls for broader relief by using the PR advantage created by saying ‘what makes you worthy of debt relief on par with disabled veterans’.

    I am still not sure I agree with this policy on it’s own merits, but smart political play by the administration.

    Gtl, no vets do not. They have to serve a minimum term in the mulitary and sign up during service to get the educational help. It is a loan, not free. The benefits WWII vets got automatically got changed significantly over the years since then.

    Currently, just half of the roughly 50,000 disabled veterans who are qualified to have their federal student loan debt forgiven have received the benefit because of a burdensome application process.
    IOW, no he did NOT simply, by executive order, forgive these debts. That system already exists. He simply told the VA to figure out how to make it happen faster.

    Et tu, LI? You’re better than this.

    (Trump, as President, would have no authority to forgive other people’s debts, absent some legislation. He certainly doesn’t have the authority to make that debt forgiveness tax-free.)

    Good grief. I would have though you people of everyone would have actually read the document rather than just parrot the media. In fact your own article quotes the President as saying it’s a memo. He is asking SecED and SecVA to figure out a way to do this within the law. A memo is not an order. Read the actual document here.
    https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/presidential-memorandum-discharging-federal-student-loan-debt-totally-permanently-disabled-veterans


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