With Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes, plus they unveiled their efforts together as the country prepares to honor fallen troops on Memorial Day.
“Now we stand with our specialists who put their lives on the line to their own country and are currently disabled due to their support,” said Attorney General Grewal. “All Americans must concur that these veterans don’t deserve to be saddled with student loan debt. Congress has decided their loans ought to be forgiven. Today we need to cut the red tape standing at all. It is the correct thing to do, and it is the least we can do to honor our veterans’ service”
Last year USDOE identified over 42,000 Greater than 9,000 of these veterans had applied to get their loans discharged by April 2018, yet, and more than 25,000 had student loans.
The multi-state letter requires on USDOE to develop a process to automatically discharge the student loans of veterans decided from the Department of Veterans Affairs to become eligible for such relief. While the automated discharge procedure is in development, the correspondence suggests, USDOE must prevent debt collection attempts targeting disabled veterans, and clear their credit reports of almost any adverse reporting linked to their student loans.
Under national law, USDOE is needed to Release the federal student loans of veterans decided from the Department of Veterans Affairs to become unemployable (or “totally and permanently disabled”) because of some service-connected condition. Although USDOE currently requires disabled veterans to take positive actions to apply for a loan release, these measures aren’t required by law.
The Attorneys General notice the federal Government has taken some steps to make it much easier for qualified veterans to secure student loan relief. Based on their letter, however, an automated discharge procedure that gives individual veterans an chance to opt out to private reasons “would eliminate unnecessary paperwork burdens and also make sure that all eligible disabled veterans can be given a discharge.”
The letter behind automatic student loan Discharges for totally and permanently disabled veterans obtained support from sufficient Attorneys General to become formal policy of the National Association of Attorneys General. This designation is reserved for letters and comments encouraged by at least 36 Attorneys General.
“Proposals for automatic discharges with Opt-out rights have bipartisan support in Congress and among leading veterans’ advocacy organizations,” the letter states. The specialists groups behind such suggestions have included: Vietnam Veterans for America, Veterans Education Success, The Retired Enlisted Association, High Ground Advocacy, along with Ivy League Veterans Council.
The letter concludes by recommending USDOE to “shoot Actions to protect people who once protected the country. Our veterans deserve nothing less”