It’s no secret that the military holds a special place in Trump’s heart, and he goes out of his way looking for ways to set right past wrongs.
For one thing, when he saw how depleted the military had become under his predecessor, and underfunding was leading to dangerous situations, (including some at-sea collisions with multiple fatalities), Trump prioritized reinvigorating the military. …and then he gave them all a raise.
Trump prioritized setting right the shocking situation in the 2015 IG report stating that 300,000 veterans had died while waiting for health care in the VA. So he instituted a series of reforms, including accountability to government bureaucrats who had been almost impossible to fire, even when they were incompetent.
But there was still an issue with veterans who finished school and went off to serve their country, signing that proverbial blank check, and came back with permanent disabilities. What happens to them?
That’s the latest issue Trump has tackled. And yesterday, he made an announcement:
"Today, I'm proud to announce that I am taking executive action…directing the Department of Education to eliminate every penny of federal student loan debt owed by American veterans who are completely and permanently disabled." – @realDonaldTrump pic.twitter.com/uHPvE9tUVy
— Trump War Room (@TrumpWarRoom) August 21, 2019
Trump, who signed the memorandum following his speech at the American Veterans National Convention in Louisville, Kentucky, directed the federal government to have an “expedited” process for military veterans who are permanently and totally disabled to have their federal student loans discharged. The current student loan discharge program for disabled veterans is known as Total and Permanent Disability (TPD) Discharge.
While student loan discharge for disabled veterans is not a new program, less than half of the nation’s 50,000 disabled veterans have received a student loan discharge due to a complicated application process. Today’s executive order hopes to simplify and expedite the process so that more disabled veterans can have their federal student loans discharged. The U.S. Department of Education says it plans to notify more than 25,000 eligible veterans about student loan discharge.
“Supporting and caring for those who have sacrificed much in service to our country is a priority for President Trump and the entire Administration,” U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said. “I appreciate the President’s strong leadership on this issue and his willingness to provide much-needed student loan relief. We will continue to prioritize the needs of our nation’s veterans and provide them the help and support they have earned and deserve.”
He’s taken his flair for cutting red tape and has turned it to cutting the red tape that was getting in the way of veterans helping the help they need.
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