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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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    Comments


    I am a vet, yet I can’t get on board with every handout that comes our way. Sure, we think we deserve it….but doesn’t every group think they deserve it? When I look at the deficit and the fed debt, this is why it keeps getting worse and worse. Spending is out of control, and it’s happening little bits at a time….it’s death by a thousand spends.

    It doesn’t mean I am against everything….but I would like to know how much is enough….and that’s a question for all groups. What if it were forgiveness for all student debt beyond what GI Bill didn’t pay for….for every vet….would that be too much? Same goes for tax cuts, food stamps, farm subsidies, all of it. How much is too much?

    Obama and the Dems spent money like drunken sailors and drunken Marines, but Trump and the Repubs are just as bad if not worse! Just because they hook up people that I agree with doesn’t make it right on principle!!!!!!


     
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    mailman | August 22, 2019 at 11:19 am

    Democrats = EVERYONE deserves cake.

    Trump = Fantsstic idea…signs EO giving cake to veterans (ie people who have done something for their country).


     
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    PrincetonAl | August 22, 2019 at 11:29 am

    Dumb question here – if you can do this by memo for vets does that mean a Dem president could do the same for every single debtor?

    (Asking for a friend @ an already worried taxpayer friend who wants to know how much more worried he/she should be.)


       
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      UnCivilServant in reply to PrincetonAl. | August 22, 2019 at 11:41 am

      Re-reading the article, I spotted this:

      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.

      It sounds as though there is already a program in place which forgives this debt for disabled vets, but a lot of people who qualify don’t apply.


         
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        MattMusson in reply to UnCivilServant. | August 22, 2019 at 3:07 pm

        My Daughter, a disabled veteran, went to Law School on the GI Bill. She was accepted to the University of North Carolina, Wake Forest and Florida State. UNC would take the GI Bill and then bill her $60K. Wake Forest would take the GI Bill and bill her $120K.

        Florida State took the GI Bill as paid in full. She did not owe anything after graduation.

    Don’t veterans already receive benefits under the GI bill?


     
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    Olinser | August 22, 2019 at 12:21 pm

    Terrible pandering BS.

    I’m a veteran. This is BAD.

    If Trump can do it for one special group of people, a Democrat can do it to pander to whatever identity group they’re currently trying to buy votes from.

    This is going to cause student loan debt to skyrocket more than it already has.

    It’s a LOAN. It’s not a ‘gift’. YOU PAY IT BACK.


       
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      artichoke in reply to Olinser. | August 22, 2019 at 1:55 pm

      1. according to the article they were already eligible, this just makes the application process easier, and
      2. the Dems are promising to cancel it anyway, at least for their favorite constituencies and might leave out any help for disabled veterans if, say, they’re white. This preempts that.


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